READI – CAT ® 2 ( barium sulfate ) oral suspension is indicated for use in computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen to delineate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in adult and pediatric patients. Its pleasant orange flavor makes it easy for patients to tolerate.
This allows the liquid to travel through the body, and for the radiologist and radiographer to take a selection of images. People do not have to stay in hospital after the test and are free to go home as soon as it is complete. The results usually arrive within 1-2 weeks .
Barium sulfate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: stomach cramps . diarrhea . nausea. vomiting. constipation. weakness. pale skin. sweating.
Side effects of barium contrast can include: abdominal cramping. diarrhea . nausea or vomiting.
Barium will work better if your stomach and bowels are empty. It is important to drink plenty of liquids during and after the test. Barium sulfate may cause severe constipation.
A doctor or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given by mouth. You will swallow the barium liquid or paste just before a CT scan or x-ray. Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything the night before your test.
Instructions for taking Oral Contrast ( Barium Sulfate) It does not need to be refrigerated, but tastes better when cold. Begin drinking the contrast one and a half hours before your scheduled exam time. Drink one-third of a bottle every fifteen minutes. Save the last third and bring it with you to your appointment.
Have lots to drink for a day or so to flush the barium out of your gut. Eat plenty of fruit for a day or so. See your doctor if you haven’t passed any poo after three or four days.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Serious adverse reactions and fatalities include aspiration pneumonitis, barium sulfate impaction, intestinal perforation with consequent peritonitis and granuloma formation, vasovagal and syncopal episodes.
What are the possible side effects of barium sulfate? Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Small amounts of water-soluble barium may cause a person to experience breathing difficulties, increased blood pressures, heart rhythm changes, stomach irritation, muscle weakness, changes in nerve reflexes, swelling of brains and liver, kidney and heart damage. Barium has not shown to cause cancer with humans .
Although barium carbonate is relatively insoluble in water, it is toxic to humans because it is soluble in the gastrointestinal tract. The insoluble compounds of barium (notably sulfate ) are inefficient sources of Ba2+ ion and are therefore generally nontoxic to humans.
If you are given contrast by mouth, you may have diarrhea or constipation after the scan . Otherwise you don’t need any special care after a CT scan of the abdomen. You may go back to your usual diet and activities unless your healthcare provider tells you differently.
After Your Exam You may eat and drive as normal. If you received an injection of contrast dye, you should drink six to eight glasses of water to help flush it out of your system. Your study will be read by an imaging physician who specializes in the interpretation of CT scans .
Computed tomography ( CT ) scan CT scans are often done if you have abdominal (belly) pain to try to find the source of the problem . Although small intestine tumors may not always be seen well on a CT , these scans are good at showing some of the problems that these tumors can cause (like an obstruction or perforation).