Barium Swallow

 

A barium swallow is performed in the radiology department to help diagnose abnormalities in the esophagus and stomach. The patient drinks a liquid that contains barium which is a metallic compound that shows up on x-rays.

Barium Swallow

 

This liquid coats the esophagus/stomach and a series of x-rays are taken to track its path through the digestive system. This is also called an upper GI series.

   

 

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