An upper gastrointestinal series (UGI) is the series which looks at the upper and middle sections of the gastrointestinal tract. Barium contrast material, fluoroscopy, and X-rays.
The patient is made to drink a maximum of barium and water and the barium is combined with gas-making crystals. The movement of the barium is examined through the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestines on a video screen. Also, few x-ray films are made which are taken at different times and different views.
An upper gastrointestinal series is usually conducted in order to find out the reason behind gastrointestinal symptoms. The symptoms of gastrointestinal include problems with swallowing, vomiting, burping up food, pain in the belly, or indigestion.
The doctor may ask you about your medication details and if you are allergic to any medicines, barium, or any other material to be used during x-rays. The doctor will also make sure that the patient is not pregnant. The patient may be asked to stay on a low-fiber diet 2-3 days before the test and may be asked to stop eating before 12 hours of the test. Also, the health care provider may also ask the patient to stop certain medications.
After an upper GI series, the person can expect the following:
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