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2785 South Devon Radiology Barium Meal

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Hello. You have been asked to come for either a barium swallow or a barium meal and we hope that this video helps you to prepare and reduce any concerns that you may have. A barium swallow or meal is a test to observe the action of your swallowing and digestive process. During the examination you will be asked to stand while one of our doctors uses x-ray equipment to take images. If you feeling unsteady, there are handles on the side of the x-ray table that you can hold onto or you can sit down if necessary. You will be given a fizzy drink which will make you feel quite gassy. It is important not to belch throughout the procedure. You will also be given a barium drink, which is visible with x-rays. This is thickened a bit like a milkshake and has a slightly chalky texture. You will be asked to take a mouthful of barium and hold it in your mouth until told when to swallow. As you swallow the barium we can follow it down through the upper part of your digestive system. You will be asked to move into various positions during the procedure so your swallowing can be seen from different angles. And part of the procedure may be performed with you lying on the x-ray table. There are a number of precautions that you need to take before coming into hospital for your appointment. Firstly, you must stop taking any medication for your stomach or digestive system for two days before your appointment. Otherwise the drugs may confuse the results of your test. However, you can eat and drink normally in the days leading up to the test. If you are diabetic, do not fast. Ring the radiology team to get advice on how you need to prepare. The telephone number can be found on your appointment letter. Please leave your name and contact number if you reach the answerphone and we will get back to you. On the day of you test, and if your appointment is in the morning, you must not eat after after midnight before your examination. However, you can drink clear fluids, such as water, squash, black tea or black coffee until two hours before your appointment. If your appointment is in the afternoon, please don’t eat anything after 8 o'clock on the morning of your appointment. Again, you can drink clear fluids until two hours before your appointment time. This is an outpatient service, which means that you will be in and out of hospital on the same day, and most of our patients are with us for around 1 hour. You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes before your actual time in order to change into a hospital gown and remove all jewellery and necklaces. Afterwards, you will be able to eat and drink as normal, and also can re-start any medications that you had to stop before the test.  It is very unusual to feel unwell once you get home. However barium can make you a little constipated; to avoid this we recommend drinking plenty of fluids after the examination. The results will be sent to your doctor who referred you to us. If it is your GP, You will need to book an appointment with them to discuss the results. If it is a medical team at the hospital, they will write to you with the result or send you a follow up appointment. The majority of people manage the test without difficulty however if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to ask; we will be pleased to help.

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Posted by: richardwh on Sep 16, 2015

2785 South Devon Radiology Barium Meal

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