How Long Is Esophagram Barium Swallow Test?

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Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum.


Alternative Names

Lower gastrointestinal series; Lower GI series


How the test is performed

This test may be done in a doctor's office or hospital radiology department. It is done after the colon is completely empty. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to empty the colon.

You will lie flat on your back on the x-ray table and an x-ray will be taken.

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