Barium Meal Follow Through test is a procedure, which involves the use of Barium and fluoroscopy to inspect the internal organs of the GI tract, such as oesophagus, stomach and the small bowel.
What is Barium Meal Follow Through?
Barium Meal Follow Through test is performed by a radiologist or a radiographer. Barium Meal Follow Through test helps to detect several diseases such as, constrictions, hernias, tumours and obstructions in the stomach and the oesophagus, and other inflammatory diseases in the intestines.
How is Barium Meal Follow Through Performed?
Barium Meal Follow Through is a simple and risk-free procedure. The procedure involves
The patient has to swallow some frizzy granules given by the doctor.
After swallowing the granules, the patient has to drink the barium contrast liquid.
The radiographer or a radiologist takes some pictures to ensure the barium has coated the internal organs of the GI tract.
Series of images are taken as the barium liquid moves through different organs of the digestive system.
The entire procedure of Barium Meal Follow Through test takes approximately 5 hours.
Side-effects of Barium Meal Follow Through
Barium Meal Follow Through test has minimal side-effects. Some of them are
Risks associated with exposure to radiation.
Risk of breathing in barium.
Harmful effects in pregnant women.
Preparations before Performing Barium Meal Follow Through
Barium Meal Follow Through is a pre-scheduled examination. Preparations for the test involve
Keeping the small bowel empty by refraining from eating and drinking from midnight before the examination.
Consuming small amounts of clear liquids from midnight before the examination.
Informing the doctor about the medical history and following the advice on medications to abstain before the Barium Meal follow Through procedure.
Post-care of Barium Meal Follow Through
Patients do not need any special precautions after Barium Meal Follow Through test.
Some patients might feel bloated after the test, which they should promptly report to their doctor.
Consume food with high fibre content, and drink plenty of fluids to reduce constipation.
Take mild laxatives advised by the doctor.
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