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Barium (Overview)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared by heating barium carbonate.


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Can you tell me what are barium studies?

Can you tell me what are barium studies?

Barium studies: Are x-ray tests used to examine the digestive tract (colon, esophagus, stomach, and small intestine). Because these organs are not visible on x-rays, barium is used as contrast, a liquid that shows up on x-rays. The barium coats the lining, making the outline of these organs visible on the xray. This test is useful for diagnosing cancers, ulcers, strictures, and other abnormalities. ...Read more

Barium (Overview)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared by heating barium carbonate.


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What is the definition or description of: barium?

What is the definition or description of: barium?

Chemical: Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared by heating barium carbonate. ...Read more

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Does barium react with food?

Does barium react with food?

No: Barium is an inert metal which is not absorbed and otherwise harmless. It will not interact with food. This is why it is used for radiographic exams. ...Read more

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Can barium sulfate make pain?

Can barium sulfate make pain?

Rare: If forms an obstruction of the colon. Drink lots of water to help the barium be eliminated. ...Read more

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Can barium enama cause misty mesentery?

No,: The barium is confined to the colon. The only way for the barium to have an effect on the mesentery is if the colon was ruptured. ...Read more

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I was just wondering why does barium show up on an x-ray?

Becuase: Barium has a high atomic number - it's a very heavy element. Heavy elements absorb x-rays - hence you can see it. It's like any other heavy dense object, that you'd see on an x-ray. It's the same reason why xrays don't penetrate lead.....Though lead would be dangerous to ingest. ...Read more

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Why does barium show up on x-rays?

Why does barium show up on x-rays?

Barium sulfate: Think of xrays like a flashlight and shadow puppet. The denser the material the less light gets passed and forms a shadow. The atomic number of barium allows it to absorb xrays more than other tissues and this results in a "shadow".
Classically we reverse the xray so that the "shadows" (dense tissues like bone, barium) are bright and lucent areas (less dense tissues like air) show as black. ...Read more

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Can barium cause diarrhea in children?

Can barium cause diarrhea in children?

Yes: B, when used for imaging purposes, can cause diarrhea. This usually passes in a day or 2. ...Read more

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Is it really bad to swallow the barium?

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. ...Read more

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How much water should I drink to flush my system of barium?

Probably not enough: Just water by itself is not likely to evacuate barium from the GI tract. You will probably need a mild laxative to help ensure its removal. ...Read more

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How long does barium sulfate for suspension last in your body?

Varies: It varies from one person to the next. Anywhere from 1-7 days. Small traces could be seen after that. ...Read more

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Had a barium test done and it showed that I had some reflex. Is this normal?

No: reflux is stomach acid getting through the lower esophageal sphincter-which is like the door that separates the esophagus to stomach, and this acid creeps up into esophagus causing heart burn, pain, esophageal spasms sometimes-whihc feel like chest pain. depending on your symptoms usually the next test would be an EGD=Upper Endoscopy, but some just do a trial of PPI's=prilosec/nexium like products ...Read more

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Just had a barium xray. Tech said there was some food residual. I fasted so not sure what that means.

Just had a barium xray. Tech said there was some food residual. I fasted so not sure what that means.

Slow emptying: If the food residual was in the stomach, which I am assuming was the case, it could mean slow emptying of your stomach. This can happen due to things like diabetes or other nerve-related problems; or, due to narrowing of the outlet of the stomach. Please wait for the official radiology report, and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I heard barium swallows can be dangerous and cause shock to the body among other things. Anyone ever have this test done?

I heard barium swallows can be dangerous and cause shock to the body among other things. Anyone ever have this test done?

Simple safe test: The main discomfort form a barium swallow is having to drink the contrast (barium sulfate) for visualization of structures. The modified barium swallow is used to evaluate swallowing. The main side effect you can get is constipation. The only people at risk for problems are those that have a severe swallowing problem if a significant amount of barium goes to the lungs. ...Read more

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My dysphagia comes and goes. I worry about doing the barium test in a good day. Would it show a result if I don't choke or regurgitate food there?

Dysphagia: Your barium swallow (aka esophagram) should unmask any esophageal motility problems, regardless of wether or not you have any symptoms during the procedure. You should report any symptoms during the test to the radiology tech so they can be documented and timed. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo. Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is barium sulfate a sulfa drug?

No: There does not appear to be any reason for people with sulfa or sulfite allergies to avoid medications that contain a sulfate salt such as barium sulfate. Here is the web page:
http://allergies. About. Com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfahub. Htm. ...Read more

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What does a barium enema look for?

Anatomy: Mostly it is used to study the anatomy of the lower intestine. If there is narrowing or widening of any area or if there is a suspicious looking mass in the lower intestine, this would allow your doctor to decide what the next best test or treatment should be. ...Read more

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How much do barium enema testing cost?

How much do barium enema testing cost?

Cost varies: There are usually 2 charges for any x-ray test a technical charge and a physician charge. Make sure you ask for the physician fee information as well as the hospital or x-ray center charge when you check costs. Costs vary greatly at different hospitals so you may want to comparison shop if you have no insurance. Also adk if there is a cash discount and/or assistance based on income. ...Read more

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Is barium swallow a very common procedure?

Barium swallow tests: There are a variety of ways a barium swallow test can be conducted. The most common is simply having the patient swallow oral contrast while the radiologist watches the passage of barium down the esophagus. Sometimes different textures of barium are tested to see how each moves from the mouth to the esophagus and down. A modified barium swallow with speech therapist helps assess for aspiration. ...Read more

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