General X-Ray Examinations
There is no specific preparation for general X-Ray examinations.
Depending on what body region is being examined, may be asked to remove most of your clothes, but may keep on your underpants, Buttons, clips etc on clothes show up too well on x-ray and can be confusing to report or may hide abnormalities. You may be asked to change into a cotton gown which opens at the back.
You are required to fast for 6 hours prior to this examination. The examination takes about 30 minutes. After the test, you can eat again. Remember to drink plenty of clear fluids over the next day.
The colon has to be as clean as possible before the test. If there is a lot of faeces in the bowel, the barium won’t be able to flow to the end of the large bowel. Small pieces of faeces left inside the bowel may look like abnormalities.
There is a 3 day preparation with the examination being on the 4th day. You are required to purchase a Moviprep from a Chemist which will cost approximately $25-$30. A preparation sheet will be given to you by our staff and is available from the downloads section of this page.
There is specific diet preparation required for this examination. When your appointment is booked your specific preparation will be explained to you. However you might find it useful to also download the diet requirements from HERE or via the downloads tab on this page.
Small Bowel Series
The small bowel has to be as clean as possible before the test. If there is a lot of food product in the intestine, the barium won’t be able to flow freely, and small pieces of food product left inside the bowel may look like abnormalities.
In order to do this, you will need to fast for 6hrs prior to your appointment and follow a low residue diet for 2 days prior to your appointment.
The examination takes about 20 mins. You will be asked to remove most of your upper clothes, but may keep wearing your underpants. Buttons, clips etc on clothes show up too well on x-ray and can be confusing to interpret or hide abnormalities. You will be asked to change into a gown.
You will be asked to drink a thin barium liquid. The object of the test is to fill the length of the small bowel with barium. This means that several hundred mls of liquid may have to be swallowed. Don’t worry – we want you to swallow as much as possible, but we won’t force you to drink it so fast that you feel sick. After the liquid is drunk, you will be asked to lie on your right side, so the liquid leaves the stomach and passes into the small bowel.
The normal “transit time” through the small bowel is very variable, and may be between 45 minutes and several hours depending on how fast the Barium travels through the small bowel. If you experience pain at any time, tell the doctor or radiographer. The pain may help to localise areas of disease, so don’t hesitate in telling.