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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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