Barium Swallow

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The barium swallow is a test that allows doctors to examine the esophagus and stomach. It is also known as a double contrast study. A barium swallow test is often used to evaluate the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum after surgery or injury. It can also be used to determine if there is an obstruction in these parts of the body. Furthermore, it can indicate if there is any leakage of stomach acid. The barium swallow test is generally safe, but side effects are possible.

Barium Swallow

What is the purpose of the barium swallow test?

The barium swallow test is used to examine the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. It can be used to determine if there is an obstruction in these parts of the body. Furthermore, it can indicate if there is any leakage of stomach acid.

How is the barium swallow test performed?

The barium swallow test is performed with the help of a radiologist. The person being tested will be asked to drink a liquid called barium sulfate. This liquid coats the lining of the esophagus, throat, stomach, and duodenum. It is also used as filler in foods that are eaten regularly such as oatmeal, pieces of bread, and crackers.

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