Swallowing Studies and Enemas
(Upper GI Study and Barium Enemas)
Occasionally, difficulty swallowing, heartburn, reflux or coughing or vomiting blood can be symptoms of more serious disease. Your health care provider may order a swallowing study. We perform a variety of swallowing studies at our three hospital locations. During a swallowing study we will give you Barium or other liquids to drink while we make X-ray pictures of your body. The Barium allows us to see the inside of your esophagus, stomach and intestine on the X-ray pictures. These pictures can help determine the cause of your symptoms.
Similarly, bleeding or other discomfort or disorders related to the rectum and anus need to be studied with a Barium Enema. If you have a colonoscopy and your gastroenterologist cannot see the colon completely, they will sometimes order a Barium Enema, too. For a barium enema, we insert a small enema catheter into the rectum and slowly fill the colon with Barium. We then take the Barium out and pump up the colon with air. This allows the coated colon to show up on the X-ray pictures. It is important that the colon be clean for this procedure so you do have to prepare the colon in a similar way as for a colonoscopy.
For more information:
- Modified Barium Swallow (MBS)
- Upper GI Study
- Barium Enema
- About radiation dose.
- About radiation dose in children.
If you have questions or concerns about our services, call:
The Guthrie Medical Imaging Patient Satisfaction Hotline: 1-888-833-3319