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Could barium swallow test show esophageal erosions?

Could barium swallow test show esophageal erosions?

Possibly: A well performed barium swallow can show esophageal erosions. An endoscopy might be better, though, as they can take a biopsy of abnormal looking tissue. ...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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Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Can laryogoscopy and barium swallow test detect throat cancer?

Yes: One of the easiest ways of performing laryngoscopy is with a flexible scope which is a long narrow tube with lenses contained within which is past down the nostril after utilizing a topical anesthetic spray. One can easily visualize the nasopharynx, full larynx, oro pharynx and pass behind the larynx to the piriform sinuses on each side where even early pathology can be defined. ...Read more

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Can a barium swallow detect esophageal cancer?

Yes,: but endoscopy is better, and any abnormality that looks like cancer detected on barium swallow will need an endoscopy/biopsy anyway. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Can barium swallow test detect abnormalities in lungs?

Occasionally: For the most part, the fluoroscopic screen is aimed at viewing the esophagus and not other parts of the chest. But with a change in your position, we may see some lung findings ...Read more

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Can a barium swallow dx varices???

Yes, it could: possibly diagnose esophageal varices, but it is not the best way to do so. ...Read more

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Would a contrast CT scan with barium swallow pick up decompensated liver cirrhosis?

Would a contrast CT scan with barium swallow pick up decompensated liver cirrhosis?

It should: Oral contrast and intravenous contrast is needed to evaluate if there's compensation of the liver. Ultrasound also can show blood flow direction to further help in evaluating the liver ...Read more

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Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows for an evaluation of the function of the esophagus as well as visualizing actual episodes of reflux. ...Read more

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Does CT scan soft tissue neck show upper esophagus?

Does CT scan soft tissue neck show upper esophagus?

It depends how you: Define 'upper'. The cervical esophagus (the part in the neck) is demonstrated, but most of the esophagus is in the chest. ...Read more

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Is barium safe with CT scan?

Yes,: barium is safe with a CT scan. Dilute barium is often used as oral contrast for a CT. Non dilute barium(for example from a barium enema) will cause an artifact on CT which could obscure much of the anatomy and render the scan useless, so although it is not harmful to you, it could ruin the scan. ...Read more

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Is xray radiation used during barium swollow test more intense than a normal chest xray?

Do you: really mean radiation intensity, or radiation dose? Total average does for the barium swallow is probably about 15x the dose for a chest xray. Intensity, or strength of the xray beam, is probably about the same. ...Read more

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Can barium swallow test show an esophageal diverticulum which was not seen with upper endoscopy 2 months ago?

Eso diverticulum: This is possible but not very common. The reason for this may be the fact that the endoscopy failed to diagnose the diverticulum or that it developed in the interim. Barium swallow is very sensitive test for diverticulum. Also, doing an endoscopy in this case can be dangerous since the endoscope may perforate the diverticulum. ...Read more

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Can chest CT with contrast rule out trachea cancer?

Can chest CT with contrast rule out trachea cancer?

Possibly: The cancer would have to be a certain size to be visible. So if it were large enough to be seen, then the diagnosis could be made. Not visible may mean it is too small to be seen with ct. ...Read more

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I can't swallow properly. Had an endoscopy, barium swallow and ultrasound that showed nothing. Why is my throat feeling constricted?

Dr. John To Dr. To
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Idk: it is an unfortunate term but you probably have Globus Hystericus. Did you have a swallowing study with a speech pathologist ? It might show abnormal swallowing mechanics not shown on the barium swallow. 24 hour pH probe monitor in the esophagus might show gastroesophageal reflux ...Read more

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Can a barium swallow show any nodes in the throat?

Can a barium swallow show any nodes in the throat?

Not likely: Not intended to do that, may see big lymph nodes if present. Other tests including physical exam, ct may better define these. ...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