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Why is it safe for patients to drink barium sulfate even though barium ions are toxic?
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not absorbed
Barium is a heavy metal which is not absorbable.
It therefore passes through your system unaltered. It is generally taken as a salt (barium sulfate), .

In brief: Not absorbed
Barium is a heavy metal which is not absorbable.
It therefore passes through your system unaltered. It is generally taken as a salt (barium sulfate), .
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Dr. Neil Halin
The barium that you drink for upper GI series, barium enema or CT scan is usually complexed with other molecules to keep it suspended and evenly distributed. You pass the complex molecules and do not absorb any.
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Barium is safe
Barium sulfate is the inert form that lets your digestive system be seen on x-ray, but is not absorbed in your system. It passes through.

In brief: Barium is safe
Barium sulfate is the inert form that lets your digestive system be seen on x-ray, but is not absorbed in your system. It passes through.
Dr. Georgianne Snowden
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