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Scan C Suspension Dosage

Generic name: BARIUM SULFATE 21mg in 1mL
Dosage form: oral and rectal suspension

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Do not store after opening. If tamper evident seal is broken or missing, DO NOT USE. Shake well before using.

Oral Administration – 500 mL (2 bottles) to 1500 mL (6 bottles) or as directed.

Rectal Administration – 750 mL (3 bottles) to 1500 mL (6 bottles) through enema bag or approved technique.

Transit time to sigmoid colon, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Scan C is a ready-to-use barium sulfate suspension. Individual technique will determine the suspension quantity and specific procedure used. The following are suggested for Scan C use as an aid for computed tomography.

Upper GI Opacification

The patient should drink approximately 250 mL of ready-to-use Scan C approximately 30 to 60 minutes before the CT scan and an additional 200 to 250 mL approximately 5 to 10 minutes prior to examination.

For rapid upper gastrointestinal tract transit, administer the product chilled.

Total Bowel Opacification

The patient should drink 250 to 500 mL of Scan C approximately 1 to 2 hours before the examination and another 250 to 500 mL of suspension 5 to 10 minutes prior to the CT scan.

At the discretion of the radiologist, an additional 250 to 500 mL of Scan C may be given the evening before the examination.

Rectal/Colon Administration

Rectally administered Scan C should be at room temperature to body temperature. Transfer the desired quantity of ready-to-use Scan C into an enema administration unit, such as Empty Enema Kit. Close the slide clamp. Lubricate the tip and carefully insert.

If Empty Enema Kit is used, invert and squeeze the red ball into the bag. Return the bag to 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.

If suspension is given the night before the scan, a lower barium sulfate concentration may be needed, especially for infants, because of low body fat content.

Pediatric Use

The quantity of suspension used and the barium sulfate concentration will depend upon patient size, technique used and clinical need.

For single patient use only. Properly discard unused portion.

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