There is a slight chance that barium could be retained in the gastrointestinal GI system, leading to a blockage. X-rays usually have no side effects in the typical diagnostic range for this exam. To provide recommendations regarding the optimum delivery of nutrition and hydration e. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Contrast materials such as barium increase the viscosity and alter liquid and solid food composition and are not natural foods.
An esophagram, also sometimes called a barium swallow exam, may be performed if the problem is thought to be lower in the esophagus.
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Special care is taken during x-ray examinations to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation. If barium accidentally gets into your lungs because you aspirate during the exam, it does not cause any lasting harm. Allergy to barium though this is quite rare. Barium may be visible on future images, however. Radiologist and patient consultation. What are some common uses of the procedure? The foods you bring to the exam will be mixed with a material called barium that will show up on the x-ray.