Fluoroscopy - Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI)

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Fluoroscopy | Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI)


  This exam is usually performed to diagnose abnormalities in the esophagus (food pipe), stomach and duodenum (small intestine). The test can detect disorders such as ulcers and certain cancers.


  Do not eat, drink, chew gum or smoke after midnight on the evening before your exam and on the day of your exam. As with any medical procedure, be sure to inform your physician or the technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant or if you have a history of allergies.

the exam:


When you arrive, you will need to change into a gown or pajamas. Preliminary pictures of your abdomen will be taken using regular X-ray. You will then be given a small amount of granules to swallow with water to help prepare your stomach. Next, you will be asked to drink a thick liquid called a contrast agent (barium sulfate). The contrast allows the radiologist to clearly see parts of your body through a fluoroscope (an X-ray machine combined with a television screen). As you drink the barium, the radiologist will watch the barium go through your body and will take pictures of the different parts of your gastrointestinal tract. You may be asked to lie in different positions on the X-ray table.

The exam usually takes 20 minutes. After the exam you can return to your normal diet and activity. Drink extra fluid. Barium sometimes causes constipation, so you may want to take a mild laxative for the first day. It is normal for your stool to turn white for a day or two after the exam.



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