Coloured X-ray of cancer of the colon

Coloured X-ray of cancer of the colon

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Caption: Cancer of the colon. Coloured barium enema X-ray of the human abdomen showing a cancer of the ascending colon; the tumour appears as the enhanced area over the right pelvic bone (left on image). Opaque to X- rays, barium is given orally (barium meal) for investigations of the oesophagus, stomach & duodenum and rectally (as a barium enema) to examine the rectum & colon. The colon (large intestine) consists of four sections sigmoid colons. Here, the ascending colon rises at left, its transverse (horizontal) section appears in centre, and the descending part at right.

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Keywords: barium enema, barium x-ray, cancer, cancer imaging, cancerous, colon, colon cancer, colonic cancer, condition, disease, disorder, healthcare, image, malignancy, malignant, medical, medicine, x-ray, xray

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