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How long does a barium swallow X-ray take?
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: About 15 minutes.
If patient cooperative the usual time is about fifteen minutes

In brief: About 15 minutes.
If patient cooperative the usual time is about fifteen minutes
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: About 1 hour
It can take an hour.

In brief: About 1 hour
It can take an hour.
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