HOW DOES ONE PREPARE FOR THE EXAM?

For the examination to be performed, it is absolutely necessary to have a clean colon.

To prepare for your exam, follow these instructions carefully.

The following medicines are available at your local pharmacy:

  • Magnesium Citrate – One (1) bottle
  • Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) – Two (2) tablets
  • Fleet Enema

NOTE: If you have severe diarrhea or considerable rectal bleeding, consult your doctor before taking the laxative requested below.

On the day before your exam

EAT OR DRINK ONLY THE FOLLOWING:

8:00 am: You may have your usual breakfast.

12:00 pm: Have a clear liquid lunch without milk products. This meal may include: clear

broth, strained fruit juices, clear jello or gelatin, black coffee or tea, carbonated

beverages.

1:00 pm: Have a full 8 oz glass of water, repeat this every hour until bedtime.

4:00 pm: Drink the bottle of Magnesium Citrate. Follow this with a glass of water.

6:00 pm: Have clear liquid supper without milk products (same as at noon).

8:00 pm: Take the 2 Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) tablets.

On the morning of your exam:

Perform Fleet Enema, follow instructions that come with enema kit.

Upon your arrival:

  1. In Radiology, you will receive an enema and a series of x-ray images will be taken first by the radiologist, and then by the technologist.
  2. Following your exam, you may eat and drink normally. Drinking plenty of fluids will normally prevent constipation, but if you begin to feel constipated, take a mild laxative. The barium solution will cause your stool to appear chalky in color. This color will fade as the barium is eliminated from your digestive tract.
  3. You will receive your report from your doctor.