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Barium Swallow

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Procedure Name: Barium Swallow (Esophagram)

Department Responsible for performing Procedure:

Department Contact Information:

Where to Report:
Please enter at the Outpatient Entrance and go to Outpatient Registration 45 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure. You will be directed to the Radiology Department.

What to Bring:
– Physician Order
– Any forms from your physician relating to this visit
– Your insurance / Medicaid / Medicare card
– Driver’s License / Photo Identification
– List of current medications along with the dosages and times taken, including over-the-counter drugs and herbals
– A list of all of your allergies
– Please check with your insurance carrier for any authorization requirements
– Any films or reports from relevant studies not performed at Southern Regional

Patient Instructions:
– Nothing to eat, drink, or smoke 10 hours before examination.
– Please follow any other specific instructions given to you by your doctor.
– Please read the Procedure Information for additional instructions and information.
– Post Procedure: Drink plenty of fluids for 24 hours following this exam.

Procedure Information:
The Esophagram or Barium Swallow is an exam where you will be instructed to drink a thick liquid called barium. This allows the Radiologist to study the function and appearance of the esophagus and assess the swallowing process.

Additional Information:
None Currently Available