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What Is First Barium Swallow Or Enema
Location, location: Barium swallow is what it sounds like: swallow barium, shows up on xray film; looks at esophagus, stomach, upper small bowel (duodenum) if done as upper GI series. No prep, empty stomach. Barium enema looks at the colon (not so good for the rectum). After prep to clean colon, barium (with or without air for contrast) pumped into colon to get an outline on xray. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My barium swallow results are confusing .Now I have been told 2 c a GI dr. Can i ask 4 another barium swallow test first? Just 2 b sure 1 is correct
I wouldn't: Depends on what the conflicting results are, but if things are confusing, it's probably a good idea to see a GI doctor. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes...: The barium part of the barium swallow is gluten free. If you are having a speech therapist present to do a video swallow, they sometimes give products for you to eat that are coated in barium that may contain gluten. Check with your doc or call the radiology department where the test will be performed. ...Read more
Position of Stomach: Gerd is often associated with a hiatal hernia, thru which the stomach "yo-yo's" up into the chest. Some patients with advanced disease have their entire stomach stuck within the chest with a shortened esophagus. We need to know this pre-op in order to plan a different surgical approach. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Chest: Organs of the chest and upper abdomen. However, this a low radiation test overall and most organs are radiation insensitive. ...Read more
It depends on sympto: We need to know your history, what are your symptoms? ...Read more
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