best way to flavor oral contrast?

29 Oct

Fun to consider, nice for your patients drinking contrast for CTs.


1997 study:

Kool-Aid with Gastrograffin got a mean palatability score of 8.2 (out of 10, 10 = “like a lot”)


2009 EM study:

mean (SD) taste scores

  • Tropical Punch Kool-Aid 44 (20),
  • orange juice 40 (20)
  • lemonade 37 (21),
  • water 12 (5)


Sort of related food for thought: GI Study on polyethylene glycol bowel prep

sugar-free Menthol candy improved palatability scores:

  • candy drop users 3.9 (out of 5, 5=”tasty”), SD 0.7
  • controls 2.8, SD 1.2
  • Side effects were similar except for nausea (24.5% candy drops vs 44% controls; P = .04).



find something flavorful to mix with the oral contrast: nicer for patients, maybe less nausea.

Kool-Aid seemed to get some higher taste scores, if you have it handy.


References:  1997 study; 2009 study; menthol/bowel prep study; picture


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