barium enema

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barium enema

[′bar·ē·əm ′en·ə·mə]
(medicine)
A suspension of barium sulfate administered as an enema into the lower bowel to render it radiopaque.
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Double-contrast barium enema is another imaging technique that is used to visualize the GI tract.
Comparison of Colonoscopy and Double-Contrast Barium Enema.
Rates of referral for colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and double-contrast barium enema in the HealthTexas Provider Network (HTPN) as a whole and at Southlake Family Medicine (SFM), where the screening protocol was implemented.
I'm impressed that they have come on board with this, particularly in offering double-contrast barium enema, for which there is no evidence at all" that the test reduces mortality from colorectal cancer.
Five options for colorectal cancer screening enjoy widespread support: fecal occult blood tests, flexible sigmoidoscopy, fecal occult blood test plus sigmoidoscopy, double-contrast barium enema, and colonoscopy.
The results, reported at the annual Digestive Disease Week, indicated that 266 of 544 patients with positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT) results didn't receive a complete diagnostic evaluation, which was defined as either a colonoscopy or a flexible sigmoidoscopy and a double-contrast barium enema.
The options include annual fecal occult blood testing, which can cut colon cancer mortality by 45%; flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, which reduces mortality by an estimated 60%; a combination of annual fecal occult blood testing plus sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, which can lower mortality by an estimated 75%; and double-contrast barium enema, which cuts colorectal cancer deaths by an estimated 50%.
The analysis did not include double-contrast barium enemas because this method has not been proven to reduce deaths from colorectal cancers in a controlled study, Dr.