Defecography is an x-ray examination of the rectum that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material called barium to evaluate the function and emptying of the rectum.
- Take in Fleet Enema 2 hours prior to exam. You can purchase a Fleet Enema Kit from a pharmacy or supermarket.
- Do not eat/drink 2 hours prior to the procedure. If you are diabetic, this may involve adjusting your diabetic medications. Please consult your physician regarding these medications.
- You should take your regular medications with small sips of water at least 2 hours prior to the study.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with a prescription if your doctor has given you one.
- Defecography exams are performed at Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.
- Radiologist may perform rectal examination.
- Barium will be placed in your rectum
- During the test, you are instructed to defecate (empty the rectum) on a commode while x rays of the pelvis are taken.
- These x rays are taken while you are sitting at rest, straining, squeezing, and during defecation.
- You will be given one cup of barium to drink before we can begin your exam. After approximately 45 minutes, the defecography exam will begin, and last approximately 10-15 minutes.