Barium X-ray:

Barium X-ray:

Barium (See: Barium) is an alkaline metal that is white and chalky. It comes in powdery form. This is mixed in water to look like a milkshake. This is used in radiographic examinations to ascertain certain conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Also called the Barium X-ray, this is used to diagnose certain conditions of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. This test is used to diagnose inflammatory conditions, ulcers, hernias, strictures, polyps, and tumors. When mixed with water and consumed, barium absorbs the x-rays. So, on the x-ray film, it appears white. When the patient drinks the barium water, it forms a coat on the walls of the esophagus, the large and the small intestines, and the stomach. This allows the visualization of organs, their size and shape in a better way, which is not possible in a normal x-ray. A variation of this procedure is barium enema (See: Barium Enema). Contrast imaging and fluoroscopy can also be done. After the procedure radiologists advise the patients to drink plenty of fluids in order to avoid constipation. People with diabetes may be advised this test in case of a gastroparesis

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