Contrast Pouch Study
A contrast pouch study helps your doctor see how well your new internal pouch works. Using
a soft rubber catheter, contrast flows into the new pouch. When full, X-rays are taken to help
see if the pouch is healed. If healed, your next surgery can be scheduled. Please allow about
an hour for the exam. You are not asleep for this test so you may drive to and from this test.
Your doctor will schedule this exam. We will call 2 days before the test to give you the
details. If you do not hear from us 2 working days before your exam please call:
Check in time:
If you have an ostomy there is no bowel prep. You may want to eat and drink less before the
test so there is no worry that the ostomy bag may come off during the test. Bring supplies for
an ostomy appliance change in case it leaks during the test.
A soft catheter is gently put into your anal canal and contrast will flow into your new pouch.
As the pouch fills with contrast it may come out into your ostomy bag. The lights will be dim
so the doctor can see the contrast filling your bowel on the TV like screen while taking
images. Images will be obtained throughout the exam.
We may ask you to turn from side to side so we can take more images of your pouch. You will
be asked to expel the contrast in the bathroom and then we will take another X-ray to make
sure the pouch works well.
After the Test
You can eat and drink after the test.
Contrast may leak from your inside pouch. You may want to wear a pad in your underwear for
the drive home. The leakage of contrast may last a few days.
Your doctor will call you with the test results or follow up at your clinic appointment a few
Phone Number: GI X-Ray: (608) 263-9729 Toll Free: 1- 800-323-8942
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