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Upper GI series (Barium X-ray)

A chalky liquid called Barium is swallowed, and as it passes through the digestive system it makes it possible for the oesophagus, stomach, and the small intestine to show up in X-rays. This gives your radiologist and physician the opportunity to evaluate the shape and movements of your digestive organs. As the barium solution does not contain nutrients, it is not a good test of how fast things move through the stomach or intestine, but can give some information.


If you are interested in other gastrointestinal-focused information and intervention websites developed and hosted at
Swinburne University of Technology,
please go to:

IBSclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBDclinic.mindovergut.com for individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease


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