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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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I had a barium swallow xray and am going to have an upper GI scope soon. Radiolgy report indicated a filling defect vs an ulceration. Cancer?

I had a barium swallow xray and am going to have an upper GI scope soon.  Radiolgy report indicated a filling defect vs an ulceration.  Cancer?

Maybe: A filling defect means that something is protruding from the wall of the esophagus. Cancer is a possibility that needs to be evaluated by the procedure you are scheduled for. ...Read more

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Barium (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What kinds of things can be detected by barium swallow X-ray test?

What kinds of things can be detected by barium swallow X-ray test?

Many things: In some circles barium swallow includes just throat/pharynx. Sometimes includes pharynx and esophagus. Pharynx examination looks for dysmotility, oropharyngeal coordination, aspiration of barium into airway, and possible obstruction to movement of barium column. Evaluation of esophagus shows dysmotility, irritability from gastroesoph. reflux, stricture, infection, diverticulum etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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How long does a barium swallow X-ray take?

Minutes: Barium swallow evaluates the esophagus primarily, can take a few minutes. Can take longer to develop films and evaluate by the md barium meal (upper GI series), swallow more barium, evaluates the esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel; takes about an hour. Ugi small bowel follow through (ugisbft) looks at the esophagus, stomach and rest of small bowel-can take up to several hours. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Maklansky
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Has anybody had a X-ray barium swallow?

Yes: I am a radiologist. What is your exact question. There are different types looking for different things. There is a single and double contrast study. It evaluates swallowing the function of the esophagus and to determine if u have reflux or a hiatal hernia. It can also check for inflammation or ulcers or cancer. Be specific on ? ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What does it mean when my X-ray image of the intestines showed up white without barium swallow?

It's hard to: speculate, based on very limited information. If what you are seeing is as 'white' as barium would be, you may have ingested something with radiopaque content, like Pepto-Bismol or Maalox. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Will a 2-3 inch cooked carrot show up on a normal chest x-ray? What about a barium swallow?

A carrot will: probably not show up on a regular chest xray. If it is stuck in the esophagus, it will show up on a barium swallow. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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My throat hurts when I swallow. Do I need barium swallow X-ray test?

My throat hurts when I swallow. Do I need barium swallow X-ray test?

See Your Doctor: Before any tests, you should see your doctor and determine what needs done. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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Is barium swallow a very common procedure?

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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Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more


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