Your doctor has requested that pictures of your esophagus be taken. Please follow these simple instructions so that we may best serve you.

  1. There is no preparation for this examination.
  2. Report to Radiology approximately 20 minutes before your scheduled time if you have not been contacted by the Admitting Office.
  3. You will be asked to drink barium and as you are drinking, the technologist and radiologist (x-ray doctor) will take pictures. This exam may take approximately 1/2 hour.
  4. Eat normally after your exam, however, you will need to force fluids for 24 hours unless you have been advised to restrict fluids for medical reasons.