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Small Bowel Series is a diagnostic tool used to examine the small intestines with the aid of a contrast media called barium.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a Radiologist with the assistance of a Technologist.

Why is this procedure performed?

This procedure may be performed for several reasons. It may be done to evaluate for:

  • Ulcers
  • Tumors
  • Inflammation of the small intestines
  • Blockages
  • Abnormalities (polyps, diverticula)

Where is the procedure performed?

University Imaging Center
University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 2nd Floor
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Is there any prep for this procedure?

Patients may not consume anything by mouth after 12:00 a.m. (midnight) before their scheduled exam.

What can I expect before the procedure?

Once you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. After registration, you will be taken to the Fluoroscopy Department where you will be instructed to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined

What can I expect during the procedure?

During this exam, you will be on the fluoroscopy table. A preliminary x-ray will be taken of your abdomen to make sure that it is empty. You will be instructed to drink barium and x-rays will be taken periodically to see how far the barium has gone through your small intestines. This will continue until the barium reaches the beginning of your large intestines. The Radiologist will then come in and take some fluoroscopic images to make sure that your small intestines are functioning properly. You will be asked to hold your breath and move in different positions during this exam.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After the procedure, you may experience your stool turning a grayish white from the barium. This is normal. Drink a lot of liquids to flush this barium out of your colon because it may cause constipation.

Are there any risks to this procedure?

There is a very low risk that one may have from the exposure to radiation

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

No alternatives are available for this procedure.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.