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Barium Swallow

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  1. Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
  2. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.

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What is Barium Swallow?

A barium swallow, also called esophagogram uses special type of X rays to visualize the part of upper digestive tract (the esophagus

the stomach

the first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum) . The test is used to diagnose diseases such as ulcer, hernia, GERD & tumors. The test requires drinking a liquid of barium that helps in clear visbility of the parts of the body. The test can be ordered if have you have symptoms such as trouble swallowing, bloating, vomiting & abdominal pain.

Why is Barium Swallow done?

  1. • To look for abnormalities of the pharynx (throat) and oesophagus (food pipe), and help diagnose various conditions like blockages, strictures, diverticuli, polyps, cysts, tumors (abnormal growth) and ulcers • To diagnose hiatus hernia (a condition in which the stomach has moved up alongside the esophagus) • To diagnose the cause of persisting gastro-esophageal reflux • To diagnose the cancer of the neck, pharynx, or esophagus • To evaluate the cause of enlarged veins in the esophagus (varices), muscle disorders, such as difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) or spasms • To identify achalasia (a condition in which it is difficult for food to pass into the stomach)

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