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A 32-year-old member asked:

Is it really bad to swallow the barium?

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Dr. Jerry Brown
Prosthodontics 54 years experience
Barium Swallow: Good day; Why would you wish to swallow Barium? There is an upper GI series where the test is used to visualize and stomach; however if that is not the case I would not recommend swallowing Barium.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
Are you having: an upper GI series or esophagram/barium swallow? Unless you aspirate the barium into your lungs, it should have no effect on you when used appropriately for diagnostic purposes. It is inert and not absorbed by your GI system.
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