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What happens during a modified barium swallow?

What happens during a modified barium swallow?

Nothing too exciting: We can't take pictures of your GI tract very well, so as a substitute you swallow dense material (barium) which coats your tract and they take pictures, as it goes down or after it goes down, to look for structural abnormalities. Basically you swallow a few gulps, turn a few different positions, maneuver in a few different ways for the camera. It's pretty harmless. ...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 a barium swallow detect esophageal cancer?

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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How is modified barium swollow test different from old style barium swollow test?

How is modified barium swollow test different from old style barium swollow test?

Here's Answer #6: 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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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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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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Ii can't swallow solid foods will I have a problem swallowing the stuff for barium swallow test?

Barium swallow: The barium is a thick liquid, consistency like a dense milkshake. If you don't have a problem swallowing liquids, you should be ok with the barium. If you have a problem swallowing liquids, especially thicker consistencies,you will have the same problem with the barium. Do your best, it is all anyone can ask. If you can drink it quickly with big mouthfuls, that's the way to go. ...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 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 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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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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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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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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How much does a modified berium swollow test cost?

Depends . . .: Medicine as a business is strange. Best to ask facilities where you're considering this test how much they charge for both technical (imaging) & interpretation (physician) fees. Charges will also differ depending upon whether you use insurance or pay cash. Check out http://www.Healthcarebluebook.Com/page_results.Aspx?Id=367&dataset=md for comparison. ...Read more

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Monometry test and endoscopy indicate Type 3 Achalasia. Is Barium swollow test still necessary? What additional value will it add?

Achalasia: The barium swallow test is rather useful in achalasia.. It gives us a way to judge the ability of the tight esophageal sphincter to allow substances to pass, in a way that endoscopy and manometry do not. Overall, it gives us a way to judge whether dilatation or surgery is necessary. ...Read more

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What can be done for oesophageal spasm..Normal barium swallow...Gastroscopy showed ulcers. ?

Esophageal Spasm: The treatment depends on the diagnosis. In this case ulcers may be indicative of reflux which can be treated with either medical or surgical options. However, that alone is unlikely the cause and other etiologies should be for the spasm should be excluded. ...Read more

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Modified (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by drugs such as diuretics. ...Read more