How is a barium enema used to help diagnose colorectal cancer?

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Physicians may combine a sigmoidoscopy with another procedure known as a double-contrast barium enema (lower GI series). Barium is infused into the rectum via an enema tube and an x-ray is taken of the area. The barium helps produce a clearer, more detailed x-ray of the area.

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Diagnostic Procedures

Allergy tests, echocardiograms, biopsies, semen analysis and spinal taps are just a few of the medical diagnostic procedures that are performed on patients diagnose diseases and conditions. These classification procedures do not i...

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