Programs & Services at Sterling Regional MedCenter  

Small Bowel Follow Through


To schedule an appointment please call scheduling at (970) 521-3146.

This page is for information purposes only.  For advice and specific questions please contact your primary care or referring physician.

A Small Bowel Follow Through is an x-ray examination of your small bowel.  During the procedure the patient drinks barium that fills and coats the lining of the small bowel.  This examination is usually performed for patients who have an obstruction and/or disease. View the full prep sheet.


  • You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • Inside the x-ray room you will be asked to drink two cups of liquid barium as quickly as possible.
  • When finished drinking, the technologist will obtain a film and then films every 15 minutes.  Dependent upon the patients metabolism the exam could take from 1 - 4 hours.

Your films will be read by a radiologist who will send a report to your physician.

Important note:
If you are of child bearing age and think there is any possibility of pregnancy it is important that your inform the physician ordering these x-rays and tell the technologist taking your x-rays.  If you have any known allergies to contract, iodine, or foods please inform your physician BEFORE proceeding with any of the instructions that follow. 

Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.
Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-0122
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