Small Bowel Exam
Your doctor may choose to perform an X-ray examination of the small intestine (small bowel), a common type of GI tract exam. This exam may take several hours because it documents the progression of barium through the small bowel.
A small bowel exam may be performed to investigate the following conditions:
- Suspected small bowel neoplasm, e.g. small bowel cancer
- Positive fecal occult blood test
- Suspected small bowel obstruction that has been managed conservatively
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease)