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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- You will receive your report from your doctor.