Before and after GIT Imaging
As most Gastro Intestinal Imaging (GIT) studies require some form of preparation, an appointment is essential – unless it is an emergency.
If you suspect you might be pregnant, notify our receptionist when scheduling the appointment as additional precautions need to be taken.
You will be requested to not eat or drink anything 6 hours before your examination and may also be instructed to take a laxative (in either pill or liquid form) and/or to use an over-the-counter enema preparation the night before the examination. Possibly again a few hours before the procedure.
You will also be asked to wear a gown for the procedure.
The contrast will be administered before the imaging procedure starts.
After the GIT Test:
Digital images and reports will available to your referring doctor once our expert radiologists have completed their diagnosis.
After the examination, you can resume a regular diet and take orally administered medications unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
The contrast may colour your stool grey or white for 48 to 72 hours after the procedure. Sometimes the barium can cause temporary constipation, which is usually treated with an over-the-counter laxative. Drinking large quantities of fluids for several days following the test can also help.
If you are unable to have a bowel movement or if your bowel habits undergo any significant changes following the exam, you should contact your physician.