Gastrointestinal Malignancies Prevention

Overview

Definition

This is a series of x-rays of the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum. Together, the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum are called the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, or upper digestive system. The x-rays are taken during and after drinking contrast material called barium . The barium solution is a thick, white, chalky, milkshake-like liquid. It coats the inside lining of your GI tract. This makes the GI tract show up better on the x-ray.

Upper Digestive System
Upper GI stomach duodenum
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Possible Complications

Some people may have an allergic reaction to the barium or have difficulty keeping it down.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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RESOURCES

American Gastroenterological Association http://www.gastro.org 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Association of Gastroenterology https://www.cag-acg.org 

Radiology for Patients http://www.radiology-info.org 

References

Patient prep & instruction manual. Scheduled test: upper GI series. Penn Medicine website. Available at: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/radiology/patient/docs/Upper%5FGI%5FSeries.pdf. Accessed May 22, 2013.

Upper GI series. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/diagnostic-tests/upper-gi-series/Pages/diagnostic-test.aspx. Updated April 23, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2013.