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Barium X-ray

  • Definition

    A barium x-ray is helpful to diagnose diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine (colon).


    X-rays are a form of invisible electromagnetic energy of short wavelength (radiation) that is produced when high-speed electrons strike a heavy metal. X-rays can be used to produce images of bones, organs, and internal tissues. Low doses of X-rays are passed through the tissues and cast images - essentially shadows - onto film or a fluorescent screen showing structural changes in the area being examined.


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