Jerome B. Simon MD FRCPC FACP


Barium Enema X-Ray

A well-lubricated enema tube is inserted gently into the rectum. Then barium contrast material is slowly put into the colon. At certain times, X-ray pictures called spot films are taken of different areas of the colon.

Lipase

Lipase is an enzyme that helps digest fats. Its exact functions vary slightly depending on where in the body it is produced. The three different types of lipase are: Pharyngeal lipase, which is produced in the mouth and is most active in the stomach. Hepatic lipase, which is produced by the liver and regulates the level…

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)

An aspartate aminotransferase (AST) test measures the amount of this enzyme in the blood. AST is normally found in red blood cells, liver, heart, muscle tissue, pancreas, and kidneys. AST formerly was called serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase (SGOT). Low levels of AST are normally found in the blood. When body…

Barium Enema

Discusses barium enema, a procedure used to help diagnose problems in the large intestine (colon and rectum). Covers why it’s done, how it’s done, and how to prepare. Looks at risks. Covers possible results.

Barium Enema

A barium enema, or lower gastrointestinal (GI) examination, is an X-ray examination of the large intestine (colon and rectum). The test is used to help find problems that affect the large intestine. To make the intestine visible on an X-ray picture, the colon is filled with a white barium contrast material. The contrast…