Upper GI series also known as barium swallow is used to detect problems in the upper GI tract with the use of x rays and fluoroscopy. Using x rays a picture is created with help of radiation and a film is recorded on film or on a computer. By using fluoroscopy, an x ray film is created which makes it possible to examine the internal organs and their motion.
In order to make the GI tract properly visible in the x ray film, the patient’s upper GI tract is filled chalky liquid known as barium.
The GI series can be broadly classified into two types:
The upper GI series is performed in order to detect the reason behind:
A person can prepare for an upper GI series by consulting a health care provider and by clearing the upper HI tract.
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