Imaging (Radiology) Procedures
Small Bowel Series
What is the test?
A small bowel series examines the loops of
the small intestine to the point at which it connects with the colon (large
This test is typically used to diagnose
ulcers, inflammation, obstructions, and other irregularities.
How do I prepare?
You will be asked not to eat anything after
midnight the day before the test. On the morning of the study, refrain from
eating or drinking prior to the test. You should consult your physician if you
are diabetic or if you are scheduled to take any medications during the 24
hours before your appointment.
What can I expect during the
A technician will help you onto an
adjustable table so that X-rays can be taken from several angles. You will then
be given a flavored barium solution to drink. If necessary, you may also be
asked to drink a carbonated beverage or medication that produces gas. You will
generally be asked to roll around on the table to coat the gastrointestinal
tract with the barium solution to optimize images. This improves the clarity of
the X-ray. You may feel bloated for awhile during the procedure.
A small bowel series takes from one to four
hours to complete.
After the test?
Drink plenty of fluids. Unless otherwise
notified, you may return to your regular diet and resume normal activities.
Occasionally, a laxative or enema may be necessary to prevent
constipation--consult your physician. Your bowel movements may look chalky for
a day or two after the procedure.
How and when will I get my test
Typically, within 48 hours
a written report of your test results will be sent to your referring physician,
who will review them with you. Additional time (3 to 5 days) may be required if
we are comparing these test results to previous findings from another hospital.
Where are these tests performed?
Small Bowel Series is performed in the
Imaging Services Department at Cayuga Medical Center, 101 Dates Drive off NYS
Route 96 in Ithaca.
About our Imaging Services
Cayuga Medical Center has a commitment to
and reputation for staying abreast of changing technology and our imaging
equipment is state-of-the-art. Our range of services is comprehensive and we
offer all imaging modalities found in major medical centers. Radiologists are
on site at all three of our locations, which also distinguishes the level of
service we provide.
Imaging Services is staffed by six-board
certified radiologists, many of whom are subspecialists in areas such as
neuroradiology, abdominal CT, and interventional procedures. Assisting them are
experienced radiologic technologists, many of whom have completed advanced
training and are certified in specialty modalities.