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How to prepare for your Small Bowel Series
To prepare for the exam, you must refrain from eating or drinking after midnight the night before your test.

What to expect at your appointment
When you arrive, you will have a “scout film” taken of the abdomen prior to the exam. Then you will be given two cups of a barium solution to drink. An x-ray will be taken right after you finish the barium and then again every 15 minutes until the barium has reached the colon. This exam may take anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours, depending on how fast your system moves.

When the barium has reached the colon, the radiologist will take x-rays with a different machine. He will use a paddle to gently press against your abdomen so the loops of your bowel may be seen better.

What to expect after the exam
Drink extra fluids for two to three days after the exam to flush the barium from your system. If you have a tendency to be constipated, you may take a laxative.








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