Barium Swallow

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Picture of a man drinking liquid barium

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

This person is drinking liquid barium before having a barium swallow study. The radiologist watches a video screen to follow the movement of the barium through the esophagus and to know when to take an X-ray picture.

Current as of: December 8, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology