Small Bowel Series

Fluoroscopy of the small bowel is used to evaluate for obstructions or blockages, growths, scar tissue, ulcers, tears and Crohn's disease.


  • Please arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your exam time.
  • Plan on spending up to four hours at Mid Delaware Imaging for this study.
  • Please have a clear liquid lunch the day prior to your exam, then only clear liquids between lunch and midnight. (Examples of clear liquids: Apple juice, plain tea (no cream or sugar), ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, club soda, clear sports drinks, white cranberry or white grape juice (no red dye). Clear broth, bouillon, consomme, honey, fruit ices without chunks of fruit or milk.)
  • Nothing to eat, drink or smoke after midnight.
  • Patients under five years of age should have nothing to eat or drink four hours prior to exam.
  • Adult patients who have been constipated should take two Dulcolax two days prior to their exam.
  • Children 5 years old to 80 pounds can take 1 Dulcolax tablet.
  • Bring prescribed medications with you to take after the study.
  • Jewelry, including piercings, must be removed prior to your study. Patients are encouraged to leave all jewelry at home.
  • Wear comfortable two-piece clothing.

For your safety, please notify our scheduling department and technologists:

  • If you are diabetic
  • If you believe you may be pregnant

Patient Experience

Our technologists are specially trained and certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists. A technologist will give you barium to drink which allows for visualization of your small intestine. X-rays will be used to capture an image of the barium within your small intestine (at 20 minute intervals) as it moves through your digestive system. Once the barium reaches the large intestine, you will be taken to the fluoroscopy room for additional x-ray imaging of your small bowel by the Radiologist.

After The Exam

Once the exam is completed, the images are analyzed by a board certified radiologist who generates a diagnostic report outlining the findings. This report is then sent to your physician within 24 hours. Your physician will consider the radiologist's interpretation of your scan in the context of your overall care.

Further Information

If you would like additional information on this procedure, we recommend visiting the Small Bowel Series section of

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