Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a real time x-ray. Often fluoroscopy is used to observe a particular function – for example swallowing, or to be able to see real time procedures like an injection. Fluoroscopy is also used for angiography to explore arteries in real time

Barium Meal

A Barium Meal is used to study the function of your digestive tract. Using real time x-ray, the scan can show the oesophagus, stomach and small bowel processing a meal.

What to expect

You will be asked to eat a small meal which is often egg traced with Barium Sulphate. Barium sulphate shows up white on x-ray so that the food can be traced through your digestive system. An x-ray will be taken of this process and this produces a video on a screen. Analysis of this video alongside still images allows doctors to see any disorders in the digestive system. You are advised to drink plenty of water following test. You may experience mild constipation as a result of the barium, so a high fibre diet is recommended.

Preparation

You will be required to fast for this examination. Information regarding preparation will be given to you at time of booking. Please advise us if you are diabetic, pregnant or taking medications at the time of booking.

Risks

A small amount of radiation is used, but it is minimal due to modern digital techniques. You may experience mild constipation in the days following the examination.

Barium Swallow

A barium swallow is used to study the function of your digestive tract. Using real time x-ray, the scan is used to assess the oesophagus while swallowing.

What to expect

During this procedure real time x-rays will be taken of you consuming a drink, and this will produce a short video like sequence on a screen. You will be asked to drink a white chalky liquid called barium sulphate. This liquid appears white on x-ray, so as it coats your oesophagus and stomach, the scan will show the functions or dysfunctions of your swallowing mechanism. You may experience some bloating from the barium as it does induce gas. You are advised to consume plenty of water following the examination. The barium will leave your system in the few days following the procedure.

Preparation

You will be required to fast for this examination. Information regarding preparation will be given to you at time of booking. Please advise us if you are diabetic, pregnant or taking medications at the time of booking.

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    Ekera Medical Centre
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    Wagga Wagga

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