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Contrast Enema

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A contrast enema is an x-ray study that uses a water soluble contrast agent containing iodine or barium to show the structure of the rectum, colon and large intestine. Contrast enemas are commonly referred to as barium enemas.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches a contrast enema

Performing contrast enemas in children poses unique challenges. Diagnostic Radiology at Children's provides a soothing, kid-friendly environment.

  • Pediatric radiologists, with extensive experience and training, perform the procedure.
  • Technologists have years of experience in imaging children from infancy to teenagers
  • Skilled staff employ age-appropriate distraction techniques to help comfort patients prior to and during the procedure.
  • Equipment is designed specifically for pediatric use, which means age-appropriate care for children.
  • Protocols have been adapted to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable without compromising the image quality.

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