SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Colon cancer, coloured barium enema X-ray. The X- ray reveals the presence of an adenocarcinoma at the junction between the ileum (the last part of the small intestine) and the caecum (the first part of the large intestine). This is at upper centre. An adenocarcinoma is a cancer arising from glandular tissue, which in this case is actively secreting mucus. A barium enema is a diagnostic technique in which a radio-opaque solution of barium salts is introduced through the anus to image the intestines.
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