Gastrointestinal Studies

Barium Swallow and Meal Examination

A Barium Swallow and Meal is an imaging study performed by a Radiologist. It is a functional study which examines the mechanics of swallowing from your mouth to your stomach and the beginning of your small bowel. It is used to assess any functional or anatomical causes of your symptoms.

Procedure:  Barium is a harmless material which outlines your Oesophagus and stomach and is able to be visualised on x-ray.

You will swallow mouthfuls of the barium mixture as directed by the Radiologist whilst X-ray images are obtained. You will be given some gas granules to swallow in order to expand your stomach and enable this to be visualised. You may be required to lie down on our bed and drink more barium to complete the examination.

Preparation:  To obtain the best possible X-rays, your stomach needs to be as empty as possible.  Therefore, you will be required to have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your appointment.

Post Procedure:  You may notice you have white bowel motions for a period of time following the examination. Drink plenty of fluids and increase your fruit and vegetable intake to ensure that the barium passes through without incident.

 

Defaecating Proctogram Examination

The Defaecating Proctogram is an imaging study performed by a radiologist.  It is a functional study in which the mechanics of defaecation are visualized in real time.  

Procedure:  The rectum will be filled with a thick paste which is visible on x-ray. X-rays and video images will be taken as you are asked to squeeze your pelvic muscles and then as you eliminate the paste into the commode.  We appreciate you may be embarrassed having people study your intimate body functions but all staff at Bay Radiology are professionals who appreciate what you are going though.

Preparation:  You may eat and drink up to one hour before your examination.

On arrival, we will give you a suppository to insert into your rectum. This should work within 30-40 minutes and will help to empty your lower bowel. You will also be given a Barium mixture to drink 1 hour prior to the examination beginning.

Post Procedure:  You may notice you have white bowel motions for a period of time following the examination. Drink plenty of fluids and increase your fruit and vegetable intake to ensure that the barium passes through without incident. 

 

Gastrointestinal Studies available from these locations: