What is an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series?

An upper GI series is a procedure in which a doctor uses x-rays, fluoroscopy, & a chalky liquid called barium khổng lồ view your upper GI tract. The barium will make your upper GI tract more visible on an x-ray.

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The two types of upper GI series are

a standard barium upper GI series, which uses only barium

Why vị doctors use upper GI series?

An upper GI series can help a doctor find the cause of

problems swallowing unexplained weight loss

An upper GI series can also show

abnormal growths such as cancer

How vị I prepare for an upper GI series?

To prepare for an upper GI series, don’t eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum. You also will need to talk with your doctor.

Don’t eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum

In order lớn see your upper GI tract clearly, your doctor will most likely ask you not lớn eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum during the 8 hours before the upper GI series.

Talk with your doctor

You should talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you have & all prescribed và over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, & supplements you take.

Talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you have & all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take.

Doctors don’t recommover x-rays for pregnant women because x-rays may harm the fetus. Tell your doctor if you are, or may be, pregnant. Your doctor may suggest a different procedure.

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A doctor may recommkết thúc an upper GI series for your child when the benefits of the procedure outweigh the relatively small risk of x-rays. Talk with your child"s doctor about safety measures used to lower your child"s exposure khổng lồ x-rays during the procedure.

How vày doctors persize an upper GI series?

An x-ray technician và a radiologist perkhung an upper GI series at a hospital or an outpatient center. You vày not need anesthesia. The procedure usually takes about 2 hours. The procedure can take up lớn 5 hours if the barium moves slowly through your small intestine.

For the procedure, you’ll be asked to stvà or sit in front of an x-ray machine và drink barium, which coats the lining of your upper GI tract. You will then lie on the x-ray table, and the radiologist will watch the barium move through your GI tract on the x-ray and fluoroscopy. The technician may press on your abdomen or ask you khổng lồ change position several times lớn evenly coat your upper GI tract with the barium.

If you are having a double-contrast study, you will swallow gas-forming crystals that mix with the barium coating your stomach. Gas forms when the crystals & barium mix. The gas expands your stomach, which lets the radiologist see more details of your upper GI tract lining. The technician will then take additional x-rays.

What should I expect after an upper GI series?

After an upper GI series, you can expect the following:

You may resume most normal activities after leaving the hospital or outpatient center. For several days, your stools may be White or light colored from the barium in your GI tract. A health care professional will give sầu you instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure. The instructions will explain how lớn flush the remaining barium from your GI tract. You should follow all instructions.

A speciacác mục will read the x-rays và skết thúc a report of the findings lớn your doctor.

What are the risks of an upper GI series?

The risks of an upper GI series include

an allergic reaction lớn the barium or flavoring in the barium

Seek care right away

If you have any of the following symptoms after an upper GI series, seek medical attention right away:

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