Barium Studies and Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is the use of real-time x-rays (similar to video) for diagnostic tests often using barium. Barium is a dense liquid that can be used to outline different parts of the gastro-intestinal tract. It is used for barium swallows (oesophagus), barium meals (stomach and duodenum), small bowel follow-throughs (small intestine) and barium enemas (colon/large bowel). Increasingly however these tests are being superseded by more accurate tests performed in the CT and MRI scanners, but they still have an essential role in certain situations.

Barium studies are performed at the Spire Dunedin and Berkshire Independent Hospitals. These tests vary and you will be informed prior to your appointment of any necessary preparation.

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