In barium imaging using fluoroscopy, the GI tract is coated with barium and imaged using live X-ray. This allows the radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum and the lower part of the GI tract if required. 

What is barium imaging?

Fluoroscopy is a form of medical imaging that shows a continuous live X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or contrast agent, such as barium, through the body can be seen in good detail.

What happens during a barium study?

There are various processes depending on the type of barium procedure you are having. Your particular procedure steps will be explained to you by your referrer and also when you give your informed consent for the procedure to be performed. 

What happens after a barium study?

In some cases, you will remain in the radiology department recovery area for a short time under radiology nurse observation. For others, you will be able to leave immediately and return to normal routine. Please discuss this with the performing radiologist at the time.

Imaging is then studied by the performing radiologist (doctor who uses x-rays to diagnose and treat illnesses) and the results will be sent to the doctor who referred you. 

You may already have an appointment with the doctor who referred you. If not, you may need to contact them to discuss the results and any potential treatment you may need.

If you are a hospital inpatient, the results will be available to the doctors looking after you on the ward.

Preparing for your barium study

There are various preparations depending on the type of barium procedure you are having. If preparation is required, you will be informed in advance on your appointment letter. 

If you are on regular medication and are unsure of instructions around it at the time of your procedure, please contact us.

Do I need to bring anything?

It is advised that you wear comfortable clothing that can be easily changed. Minimal jewellery is also advised as this will need to be removed. 

Getting results

Results will be sent to your referring doctor. Outpatients will receive results at their next outpatient appointment. Inpatients will receive their results from their in-house doctor.