Study of Small Intestine

Radiological examination using a radiopaque contrast medium to visualize the walls of the small intestine. This examination is recommended for the evaluation of problems of malabsorption or inflammatory disease such as Crohn’s disease.

Examination duration 20 MINUTES TO 3 HOURS
*Depending on how quickly your own digestive system allows the barium to reach the large intestine (transit time).

Examination covered by the RAMQ


Liquid diet* (see below) from 16 hours the day before your examination

Drink 300 ml of prune juice at 18 hours

Do not eat or drink anything after 22 hours the day before your examination

Do not take regular prescription medication until after the examination.

When the examination is completed, drink plenty of water to remove the barium.

* Description of the liquid diet:
  • Drink 6 to 8 ounces of water every hour
  • Water, Gatorade®, Jell-O®
  • Filtered juice or without pulp
  • Tea, coffee, herbal tea (with sugar but no milk)
  • Beer (in moderation)
  • Bouillon, clear consommé