Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise,
Idaho. All rights reserved.
In an air-contrast study, the colon is first filled with barium and
then the barium is drained, leaving only a thin layer of barium on the wall of
the colon. The colon is then filled with air. This barium enema image shows
pouches (called diverticula) in the wall of the colon.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology