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Barium enema

A barium enema is a test that involves passing a white liquid, called barium sulphate, into your bowel through your bottom so a clear X-ray image can be taken.
How a barium enema is performed
A barium enema is a routine procedure. You will only be in hospital for about an hour and should be able to go straight home afterwards.
Risks during a barium enema
Before going ahead with a barium enema, your doctor and radiologist will weigh up any risks against the benefits of diagnosing a serious disorder.