There are quite a few alternatives to barium enemas, the best known of which is colonoscopy. This involves passing a fibreoptic cable up into the colon to view the colonic wall. Colonoscopy is now rapidly supplanting barium enemas
Many cleaning products these days boast 'antibacterial' agents to 'kill germs', but the benefit of these products is dubious, says new American research.
The latest craze in preventative medicine is a whole-body scan, which subjects you to vast amounts of radiation, with no clear benefit over safer techniques like thermal imaging.
* An infrared scanner converts the infrared radiation emitted from the skin to electrical impulses that are visualised in colour on a monitor. This ‘thermogram’ is a visual map of body temperature.
* DITI has a high sensitivity for the early detection of changes in blood vessels, nerves and bones.
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What’s it for?
Barium enemas are given to test for a range of disorders of the lower intestinal tract, including cancer, diverticulitis, polyps, irritable colon, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease