Generic name: barium sulfate
Dosage form: oral and rectal suspension
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Individual technique will determine the suspension quantity and specific procedure used. The following are suggested for Tomocat use as an aid for computed tomography.
Orally administered Tomocat may be served chilled for more rapid transit from the stomach into the small bowel. Rectally administered Tomocat should be at room temperature to body temperature.
Patient PreparationIn order to provide a clear delineation of the G.I. tract, a low residue diet the day prior to the examination is preferred.
Your doctor has scheduled you for a CT scan. Tomocat will help your doctor see your stomach and intestinal tract during the CT scan. The doctor or nurse will tell you what time you should take Tomocat and the suspension concentration to be used.
At the time prescribed by your doctor, add water to the appropriate Fill Mark on the bottle. Replace the cap tightly and shake for 30 seconds. Drink the entire contents of the bottle.
Oral AdministrationTomocat Unit Dose Bottle (Catalog No. 169505): Add water to the fill mark on the back of the bottle near the top. Secure the cap and shake the container well to yield a 1.5% w/v barium sulfate suspension. Have the patient drink the diluted suspension 30 minutes to one hour before the CT scan. See bottle for patient instructions.
Rectal/Colon AdministrationTransfer the desired quantity of diluted Tomocat into an enema administration unit, such as an Empty Enema Kit. Close the slide clamp. Lubricate the tip and carefully insert.
If an Empty Enema Kit is used, invert and squeeze the red plug into the bag. Return the bag upright and with the patient in the left lateral position, open the slide clamp to administer the suspension. Coating of the entire colon may be achieved by rotating the patient 360°. For increased patient comfort, excess suspension may be drained back into the enema bag.