Small Bowel Series

What: Fluoroscopy of the small bowel identifies obstructions or blockages, growths, scar tissue, ulcers, tears and Crohn's disease.

What to expect: Plan to spend up to four hours at the clinic. You will be given barium to drink. X-rays will be used to capture the image of the liquid (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.


  • Plan on spending up to four hours at Oregon Imaging Centers for this study.
  • Please have a clear liquid lunch the day prior to your exam, then only clear liquids between lunch and midnight. Have 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.