Investigation of the large bowel
- Prior appointment: required
- Duration of the investigation: about 10 minutes
- Preparation: required
- Contrast medium: required (barium)
Irrigoscopy refers to the depiction of the large bowel and is performed in cases of irregular stools, constipation, or diarrhea due to unknown causes. It also permits the examiner to assess invagination of the intestinal wall (diverticula) and obtain evidence of inflammatory or malignant disease.
Course of the investigation:
First an intestinal tube is introduced carefully into the rectum, through which a slightly warmed contrast medium is administered. Air is pumped in additionally to inflate and unfold the bowel. This procedure is not painful. However, you may experience a mild sensation of flatulence.
After the investigation the intestinal tube is removed. You may empty your bowel in a separate toilet in the cabin.