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Doctor insights on: What Is First Barium Swallow Or Enema

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Is there a difference between a barium swallow and a barium enema?

Is there a difference between a barium swallow and a barium 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 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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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

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

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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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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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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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What ingredients are in a barium swallow. Wondering if it is gluten free?

What ingredients are in a barium swallow. Wondering if it is gluten free?

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

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Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

Why do I need to have a barium swallow test before I get a nissen fundoplication?

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 more

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What body parts/organs receive/absorb the most radiation during a barium swallow?

What body parts/organs receive/absorb the most radiation during a barium swallow?

Chest: Organs of the chest and upper abdomen. However, this a low radiation test overall and most organs are radiation insensitive. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more