An enema administration is a technique used to stimulate stool evacuation. It is a liquid treatment most commonly used to relieve severe constipation. The process helps push waste out of the rectum when you cannot do so on your own.
What is a barium enema?
A barium enema is a procedure that involves our physicians administering a barium enema to outline the large intestine colon and rectum and then taking fluoroscopy x-rays of the area. If you are having a single-contrast study, the barium will be left in your colon while the x-rays are taken. If you have a double-contrast study, the barium will be drained out, leaving a layer clinging to the colon walls. Your colon will then be filled with air before the x-rays are taken. You will usually be put on a special diet for a few days before the procedure. Often this restricts you to clear liquids. This is important, as your bowels must be empty to allow the inner lining of the large intestine to be seen clearly on the x-rays. You may feel uncomfortable after the procedure and your stools may be paler than usual at first. These symptoms should soon resolve. However, if you experience fever, rectal bleeding or severe abdominal pain, or you do not have a bowel movement within a few days, see a doctor immediately.
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. An enema involves inserting liquid or gas into the rectum, which is the lower part of the large intestine.
If there is a possibility of pregnancy please inform the technologist prior to the date of your examination. The preparation is a laxative to empty your digestive tract so that the contents do not obscure the areas to be examined. Please follow the bowel prep instructions provided. This preparation includes the need for you to purchase magnesium citrate and bisacodyl tablets from your pharmacy.