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  • Preparing for Your Exam

    • For X-rays of the chest, abdomen, spine or extremities: No special preparation is necessary.
    • For a barium swallow:
      Do not eat after midnight before the exam. You may take routine medications with a sip of water before the exam.
    • For a barium enema:
      Obtain Fleet Enema Prep Kit #1 from our department 2 days prior to your study in order to begin the prep the day before the exam is scheduled. Follow instructions included in the kit.
    • For a small bowel series:
      Do not eat after midnight before your exam.
    • For an upper GI series:
      Do not eat after midnight before your exam.
    • For an IVP:
      Obtain a 6-ounce bottle of magnesium citrate from our department 2 days prior to your exam. On the day before the exam, have only clear liquids and do not eat or drink after midnight.

    Please follow the links below to other common Miriam Hospital test preps.