Author(s): Harborview Medical Center

Date Last Reviewed: September 24, 2009

Instruction sheet for patients with information on how to prepare for a barium enema test and examination. Available in English and translated into Khmer (Cambodian) and Vietnamese. See PDFs in sidebar.

Instruction Introduction (English)

Your doctor has requested a barium enema examination of the colon (large intestine). In order for your doctor to see your colon clearly, it is very important for you to empty and cleanse your colon. Therefore, you need to carefully follow the barium enema preparation instruction. You should receive this instruction from your doctor or clinic where you will have the examination.

Colon Cleanse spelled using scrabble
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