St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine
 
 

Patient Preparation - Small Bowel Series

To ensure you are appropriately prepared for your procedure, please read the instructions, and follow the directions.

If  you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Bookings Staff on (T) 02 8382 7530.

Preparation

  • Please purchase two sachets of Picolax from your local pharmacy

Two Days Before your Examination

  • Have light, low fibre foods only: e.g. white bread, cheese, steamed fish, chicken; no fruit / vegetables / nuts.
  • At 6.00pm: Take 2 heaped teaspoons of Epsom Salts dissolved in hot water, to which you may add a cordial for flavour.

The Day Before Your Examination

  • DO NOT HAVE SOLID FOODS OF ANY KIND – this includes milk
  • Drink as much clear liquid as possible throughout the day to avoid dehydration – at least 2 glasses every hour.

Clear liquid includes: water, strained fruit juices without pulp, clear broth or Bonox, beef or chicken stock cubes dissolved in hot water, coffee and tea without milk or non-dairy creamer, Staminade, carbonated or non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit flavoured cordials, plain jelly and ice blocks provided they are not coloured red, purple or green.

  • At 2.00pm add one sachet of Picolax to 120 ml of cold tap water in a tall glass. Stir until the bubbles disappear, then slowly drink the entire amount.
  • Continue drinking at least 1-2 glasses of clear liquid every hour.
  • At 6.00pm: Add the second sachet of Picolax to 120ml of cold tap water in a tall glass. Stir until the bubbles disappear, then slowly drink the entire amount.
  • Continue drinking at least 1-2 glasses of clear liquid every hour.
  • YOU MUST HAVE NOTHING TO DRINK OR EAT FOR 6 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT
  • You may take your usual medications with a sip of water on the day of your test.
  • Special advice is required for diabetics regarding insulin and oral hypoglycaemic medication which will need to be modified.
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