This six-page illustrated handout helps people prepare for a barium enema, which is an x-ray examination of the large intestine that lets the doctor see the lining of the colon and rectum. It includes check boxes where a healthcare provider can indicate which supplies the patient needs to buy. It contains guidelines to help the patient prepare for the test, providing a timetable and specifying what they must do on the day before and morning of their test to make sure their colon and rectum is empty of all stool. The document explains what will happen during the test, and discusses what the patient can do after, identifying those symptoms for which a doctor should be called.
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