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Barium Swallow

Also known as Barium Test
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.
  2. 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.

Understanding Barium Swallow


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.

What is Barium Swallow used for?

  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)

Barium Swallow test price for other cities


Price inChennaiRs. 1800
Price inBangaloreRs. 900
Price inDombivliRs. 3200
Price inFaridabadRs. 2000
Price inGhaziabadRs. 2000
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