Esophagram

An Esophagram is a functional exam of the esophagus where a Radiologist views the esophagus in real time while you drink barium.

Preparations

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your exam time.
  • Please do not eat, drink or smoke after midnight on the day prior to your study (NPO after midnight).
  • Bring medications with you to take after your exam is complete.
  • For patients under five years of age, do not eat or drink for four hours prior to the exam.
  • Patients are encouraged to leave all jewelry at home. Jewelry, including piercings must be removed prior to your study.
  • Wear comfortable two-piece clothing with no metallic components.
  • For your safety and as with any procedure utilizing X-rays, please notify our scheduling department and technologists if you believe you may be pregnant.

Patient Experience

Upon completion of your paperwork, the technologist or patient coordinator will take you to the fluoroscopy area/dressing booth to change into a gown. The technologist is specially trained and certified by the American Registry of Radiological Technologists to take care of you during your fluoroscopy exam. During your study, you will be asked to drink carbonation crystals which create gas to open up the esophagus, then barium, to help the radiologist visualize the lining of your esophagus. During the process, you may be asked to turn from side-to-side, roll over, hold your breath, and stay in different positions to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture views from different angles. This study typically takes 30 minutes.

After The Exam

Once the exam is completed, the images are analyzed by a board certified radiologist who generates a diagnostic report outlining the findings. This report is then sent to your physician within 24 hours. Your physician will consider the radiologist's interpretation of your scan in the context of your overall care.

Futher Information

If you would like additional information on this procedure, we recommend visiting the Esophagram section of RadiologyInfo.org.

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