Upper GI Series
1- What a Upper GI Series test is and what it is used for?
The test is used to image your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is issued to diagnose problems in the upper GI as recommended by your doctor.
2- Upper GI Series test procedure:
You will be changed into a gown, you will be asked to swallow a thick, chalky barium drink. The drink may be flavored but do not expect it to taste good! As you swallow the barium, pictures using x-rays will be taken.
3- Upper GI Series preparation:
No eating or drinking for 8 hours before the Upper GI Series test.
4- What happens after the test?:
You may return to normal eating and drinking habits and activities after a test unless otherwise stated.
You may experience constipation; drink plenty of fluid and eat foods with high in fiber to help with constipation. You may also see lighter color bowel movements which will go away after all the barium has left.
If you experience any health problems or side effects, seek a physician (available on site) right away.