A barium enema is an examination of the colon (large bowel) and rectum of the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. X-rays are used to take single pictures and a special form of X-ray called fluoroscopy is also used in this examination. The radiologist can see internal organs in motion using fluoroscopy.
A contrast agent is put into the colon through a tube inserted in the rectum so that abnormalities in the anatomy and function of the colon and rectum can be seen. The contrast agent most commonly used for this study is called barium.
Why Choose Johns Hopkins Radiology for barium enema exams?
Our diagnostic radiologists have subspecialty training in interpreting images from barium enema exams and other radiologic GI exams. Our state-of-the-art equipment and technology is combined with providing the highest level of patient care.
Find a Johns Hopkins radiologist who specializes in barium enema exams.
A barium enema may be done on an outpatient basis or as part of a hospital stay. Barium swallow exams are offered at three of our locations. To schedule an exam, call 443-997-7237.