barium enema

Pronunciation: (BAYR-ee-um EH-neh-muh)

A procedure in which a liquid that contains barium sulfate is put through the anus into the rectum and colon. Barium sulfate is a silver-white metallic compound that helps show pictures of the colon, rectum, and anus on an x-ray.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Barium enema procedure. The patient lies on an x-ray table. Barium liquid is put into the rectum and flows through the colon. X-rays are taken to look for abnormal areas.Procedimiento con enema de bario. El paciente se acuesta en una camilla de rayos X, se le inserta el bario líquido por el recto el cual fluye hasta el colon. Se toman radiografías en busca de anomalías. Date last modified: 2010-12-13