If your doctor thinks you have an abdominal mass, other tests
may be needed before or after a barium enema. These include abdominal X-rays,
ultrasound studies, and
computed tomography (CT) scans.
upper gastrointestinal series is planned, it should be performed after the
barium enema. The barium swallowed during an upper GI series may take several
days to pass through the intestine and thus can interfere with the results of a
A barium enema is not generally used to screen for colon cancer. Other tests are used instead.