A modified technique for the double-contrast small bowel enema

Gastrointest Radiol. 1978 Jun 25;3(2):201-7. doi: 10.1007/BF01887065.


A small bowel enema technique is described which makes it possible to achieve double-contrast images comparable to those routinely obtained in the stomach or colon. It is a biphasic procedure, requiring the transtubal injection of barium sulfate, followed by 0.5% methylcellulose. Adjustment of relative injection quantities and injection speeds can adapt each examination to a patient's individual diagnostic problem. Indications for the examination are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Barium Sulfate*
  • Enema / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestine, Small / diagnostic imaging*
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal
  • Methylcellulose
  • Radiography


  • Barium Sulfate
  • Methylcellulose