The type of examination, single-contrast or double-contrast, determines the
number of the particular items that will be used.)
(a) Enema (irrigator) bag, 2-quart; an apparatus of special designed
which actuates the flow of the barium suspension through the tubing by means of
(b) Many medical facilities now use disposable enema bags, tubing,
and tips. These are complete disposable units that minimize the chance of transmitting
a disease organism from one patient to another. Disposable enema bags are perhaps
the most convenient to use of all the barium enema equipment. Most of them come
with the barium powder already in the bag. To mix, water is added and the bag is
shaken vigorously. Cleanup after the examination is virtually eliminated since the entire
kit is discarded after use. Disposable enema kits are illustrated in figure 2-15.
Figure 2-15 A. Disposable enema kit.
Figure 2-15 B. Disposable single
contrast enema kit.
Figure 2-15. Disposable enema kits.
(c) A suitable support for the enema bag. A conventional irrigator (IV)
stand may be used. The top of the enema bag should be at an elevation of about 3 feet
above the top of the x-ray table.
(d) A supply of contamination and latex rubber-free rectal tips--one per
patient for each examination session. Disposable rectal tips should be used, whenever