In what forms is barium sulfate available?

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Barium sulfate comes as either a powder to mix with water, a tablet, liquid or in an enema. A patient may simply drink the barium sulfate or take the pill form at home before an x-ray or CT scan. If medically necessary, a patient may receive the barium sulfate as an enema from a medical staff person before the x-ray or CT scan. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about any preferences or concerns you have about taking barium sulfate.

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