These procedures examine the upper and middle portions of the gastrointestinal tract using contrast material, fluoroscopy, and x-ray. Just prior to the test you will swallow liquid barium and water. The radiologist then tracks the progress of the barium through your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine.
These procedures are done for a variety of reasons, including:
- Determine whether chest pains are being caused by GERD.
- Determine whether the esophagus is functioning properly.
- Evaluate abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, or vomiting.
- Evaluate weight loss and chronic diarrhea.
- Detect inflamed areas of the intestine.
- Detect ulcers, tumors, or polyps in the intestine.
- Detect blood in the stool.
- A history of Crohn’s Disease.