Radiological Contrast Studies

Veterinary Assistant Program, Unit 4

Barium Study

A barium study is used to diagnose problems with the intestinal tract.
Procedure:
1. Make sure the animal does not have any feces in the colon or other medical issues by performing a survey radiograph
2. Give the animal barium sulfate solution orally- making sure not to get any barium on the radiology table or equipment
3. Take VD and Lateral radiographs immediately, then every 30 minutes until it reaches the colon.

Intravenous Pyelorogram (IVP)

An IVP is a study used to diagnose problems with the renal system.
Procedure:
1. Make sure the animal does not have any feces in the colon or other medical issues by performing a survey radiograph.
2. Give the animal an IV injection of the contrast study dye.
3. Take VD and lateral radiographs immediately, 5 minutes later, 10 minutes later, 30 minutes later, 1 hour later.

Citations

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Amy Cooper. Digital image. Ashcollcareers2012. Www.wikispaces.org, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2015.