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Air-Contrast Barium Enema

Diverticulosis

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

In an air-contrast study, the colon is first filled with barium and then the barium is drained, leaving only a thin layer of barium on the wall of the colon. The colon is then filled with air. This barium enema image shows pouches (called diverticula) in the wall of the colon.

Current as of: December 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology

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