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Overview Brief

The X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study is an X-ray scan of the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. Gastrograffin is used as the contrast agent.

What is X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study?

The X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study or Upper Gastrointestinal series is a test that tracks the movement of the contrast material swallowed as it moves through the gastrointestinal tract. This test is used to diagnose problems in the GI tract and see how well the organs are functioning

How is X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study performed?

The test begins with the patient being given a drink containing the contrast agent Gastrografin.

  • As the drink passes through the mouth and the esophagus and proceeds into the stomach and intestine, it coats the insides of the GI tract organs.
  • Through Fluoroscopy, the technician obtains real-time moving images of the same, like a movie.

Side effects/risks of X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study

As it is an X-ray scan with Contrast,

  • the patient needs to be aware of the total radiation he or she would be getting.
  • There could be an allergic reaction to the Contrast agent.

This test shouldn’t be done if

  • The patient has a hole/perforation anywhere in the GI tract
  • Is pregnant or constipated
  • Has severe difficulty swallowing.

Preparation before performing X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study

Prior to the procedure,

  • the doctor needs to be informed about any existing medical conditions especially kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, and asthma. And the medicines being taken.
  • The radiologist will also need to be told if the patient has recently had barium, contrast X-ray, or gallbladder scan.

The patient will be

  • Asked to not eat or drink 8 hours prior to the procedure.
  • asked to remove any jewelry or metal objects.

Post-care after X-Ray Gastrograffin Oesophageal Flouroscopic Study

Normal diet and activities can be resumed after this test. The patient will be asked to drink plenty of fluids to flush out the contrast dye from the system and avoid constipation.

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