Barium Swallow (Esophagus)

How do I prepare?

What will the exam be like?

You will be instructed to change into a gown. This is to remove all metal from the area of interest. This also will protect your clothes from getting stained. The technologist will greet you and ask a few questions about your identity and the reason you are being tested. The technologist will then ask you to lie on a special tilting table which is capable of fluoroscopy. (Moving x-rays with a TV monitor). You will be asked to drink a white liquid barium mixture while the radiologist watches the barium flow through your esophagus and into your stomach. In addition, "spot images" will be taken of areas the doctor wants to study. You will be asked to turn in different directions and hold several positions while the x-rays are being taken. The whole exam takes about 10-20 minutes. Once your exams are read by our radiologists, it usually takes two to three business days for your doctor to get a copy of your report

What do I do after the exam?

Unless you are on a fluid restricted diet, drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day for the next two days. If you have any questions concerning your exam, please contact your physician or the Medical Imaging Dept. at 356-8117.