This examination is performed primarily to evaluate the oesophagus which is the food tract, connecting the mouth with the stomach. Indications include symptoms such as heartburn, pain or difficulty with swallowing.
No preparation is required.
The examination takes approximately 10-15 minutes and requires swallowing approximately 1 cupful of a Barium solution. Images will be taken in various positions.
You may continue normal activity. As the Barium may be constipating, a mild laxative will be given.