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Videoesophagram

The videoesophagram allows your doctor to examine the anatomy of the pharynx, esophagus and the stomach. This study requires swallowing a thick, chalky substance commonly known as barium. During the procedure, your doctor may change your position to better view the anatomy. Digital pictures will be obtained while swallowing.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

  • You may have regular meals on the day before the test.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. This also includes chewing gum, mints and hard candies.
  • You may take certain necessary medications with a small sip of water up to two hours before the test. Please check with your doctor regarding any medications you take.
  • Notify the nurse or doctor if you are diabetic! Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding insulin dosage and when to take your pills for diabetes.
  • You will need to discontinue Bentyl, Carafate and Reglan 72 hours prior to testing.

What can I expect during the esophagram and barium burger with video test?

  • No sedatives will be given for this test.
  • The test will take 30 to 45 minutes.
  • This study requires swallowing a thick, chalky substance commonly known as barium.
  • During the procedure, your doctor may change your position to better view the anatomy.
  • Digital pictures will be obtained while swallowing.

What happens after the esophagram and barium burger with video test?

  • Upon completion of the test, you may resume your normal daily activities, diet and medications.
  • Since no sedatives are given, you will be able to drive yourself home.
  • Please schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor to discuss the results of the test.
  • If you experience any problems after the test, please contact your doctor.