The Barium Swallow is a diagnostic series of x-rays of the esophagus.
An x-ray camera will be placed over you in a dimly lit room. While you are drinking a solution called barium, a Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will use fluoroscopy to follow the barium from the mouth through the stomach. The esophagus (also called food pipe) connects the mouth to the stomach. A series of x-rays will be taken by the Radiologist and technologist throughout the test.
Procedure time: 30 minutes
Preparation Instructions Inpatient or Outpatient:
- You may have a liquid supper (no milk products) the evening before the x-rays.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight until your x-rays are completed.
- Do not eat breakfast the morning of your x-rays until the x-rays are completed. If on medications, you may take them with a small amount of water.
- No evening snack.
For Your Information:
- Any woman who is pregnant, or thinks she might be, should let her doctor know before having the x-ray.
- Please inform the technologist of any known allergies.
- Do not bring jewelry or large amounts of money with you.
- You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Relax and follow the specific directions given to you by the Medical Imaging staff.
- You will be able to leave the medical imaging department when the test is finished. Discharge instructions will be given to outpatients.
- The Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will “read” the scan and give the results to your doctor. Your doctor will share the results of this test with you in 2-3 days; feel free to ask the doctor if you have any questions.
If you have any questions about getting ready for your test, please call 419-394-3335, ext. 3550 for assistance.