The Barium swallow examines the anatomy of the esophagus and stomach. The study requires drinking a thick, chalky substance called Barium. Digital x-ray photos/videos are then taken while you swallow.
There is no special preparation needed for this examination.
You will be asked to swallow different consistencies of solids and liquids. As you swallow, a video x-ray will be made to evaluate your swallowing mechanisms and the valves of the esophagus.
Fluoroscopy (video x-ray) makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. When the gastrointestinal tract is coated with barium, the radiologist is able to view and assess the anatomy and function of the esophagus and stomach.
You can return to normal diet and activity immediately.
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