Non-Barium Contrast for CT

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Zanne
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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
The other night when I was in the ER, they wanted to do a CT with contrast. I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of drinking barium, since I was already blocked up and miserable. Well without really any arguing at all, the doctor offered up a clear contrast. You mix it with the juice of your choice, I picked cranberry. And you don't need too much of the contrast, but you do need a lot of liquid. It was 3 glasses of about 16oz each. I had 45 minutes to drink each one. But, there was really no flavor to it. When I asked the nurse why they didn't always use it, she said she thought it was very expensive. So once again, we suffer drinking the awful crap, because of cost.

I forgot what they told me it was called, something graph. It was so much better than any barium. Even though the CT barium is better than SBFT barium, this was way better still. Has anyone else had this?
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


yogaprof
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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
that is so cool. If they used it for SBFT it would be REALLy cool, as I seem to keep that stuff in me for days and days.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


tastroman
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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Its called gastrophin. I have had it but the brand I had tasted like rubbing alcohol. Be careful because it may give you the runs also.

tastroman
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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
yogaprof said...
that is so cool. If they used it for SBFT it would be REALLy cool, as I seem to keep that stuff in me for days and days.



It most likely will not be used for a SBFT as it needs to be very concentrated to show up on plain x-rays. The gastrographin you drink for CT's is very diluted.

Nanners
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   Posted 4/4/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Zanne,

I have had about 3-4 of those CT's in the past year while in the ER.  That type of contrast is so much better and so much easier to get down too.  Seems thats all my ER uses, thank goodness!  Everytime I get them (usually for obstructive symptoms) I almost always throw about half of it up, but always am still able to have the test.  So much easier,

Gail *Nanners*


Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Zanne
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   Posted 4/4/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh, I thought I was on to something cool and new. Come to find out, I'm the last to know. sad Still sooooo much better than any barium I've ever had.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


sttech3000
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   Posted 8/10/2012 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

hello all,

I am a technologist.  I do ct's and xray exams.

Gastrographin or gastroview is the contrast in question.  It can be mixed for use in

ct or regular xray exams.  This mixing information and dilutions are included with the

bottle/box it comes in and can be tailored for most any ct or xray exam where contrast is needed.

If you don't like the barium, refuse it and ask what alternative is available at the imaging center.

Another, and I believe, better alternative available now is Omnipaque oral.  Omnipaque oral mix is

not oily like the Gastroview and causes much less stomach upset.


LGE518
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   Posted 8/10/2012 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had several of these in the last two years for partial obstructions. The hospital usually mixes it with a drink called "FUZE". It is way better than the horrible milky white stuff (which I never keep down anyway). No matter how many times you throw it up they usually still try to get you to drink more or let them put it through a tube down your throat! YUCK! As if my stomach hasn't been through enough!

Per my doctor I am to let them know up front that I cannot hold down the barium and ask for the FUZE drink. If they have any question they can always call him. I don't know how many flavors they have but the fruity one and the tea flavored taste pretty good.

Lisa
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