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Both a barium swallow and a barium meal test involve you swallowing a liquid suspension of barium sulphate before a series of X-rays are taken of your upper digestive tract.
In a barium meal test, X-ray images are taken of your stomach and the beginning of your duodenum (the beginning of your small intestine, the passageway that takes food away from your stomach).
A barium meal test may also be suggested if you are having these problems, or if you are having unexplained vomiting, pain in your abdomen, severe indigestion or blood in your stool (which may be coming from your stomach or duodenum or elsewhere in your digestive system).
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  Barium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Barium is a metallic element that is chemically similar to calcium, yet is soft and in its pure form is silvery white resembling lead.
Barium is primarily used in sparkplugs, vacuum tubes, fireworks, and in fluorescent lamps.
Barium salts, especially barium sulfate, are sometimes given orally (a barium meal) or as an enema, to increase the contrast of medical X-rays of the digestive system.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Barium   (557 words)

  
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Although the blocking affects of barium seems to be instantaneous, application of long voltage pulses revealed a second, slow component to the effect of extracellular barium ions.
Barium had no significant effect on the mean acceleratory phase or on the secondary increase in atrial interval that followed the acceleratory phase (Fig.
The concentration of barium was adjusted to cause a 100-ms increase in the resting atrial cycle length and was continued during the time that vagal-effect curves were generated.
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 Barium sulphate contrast agents general
A barium sulphate suspension in water is the universal contrast medium used for examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
The barium sulphate must of course be chemically pure, as the contaminant barium carbonate is extremely poisonous.
Ordinary barium sulphate particles are coarse, measuring several millimetres in size, but ultrafine milling of the crude barium sulphate results in 50 per cent of the particles having a size of between 5 Ecm and l5lCm.
www.e-radiography.net /contrast_media/contrast_media_barium_sulphate.htm   (843 words)

  
 OHSU Health - B   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A fluid called barium (a metallic, chemical, chalky, liquid used to coat the inside of organs so that they will show up on an x-ray) is given into the rectum as an enema.
barium beefsteak meal - during this test, the patient eats a meal containing barium, allowing the radiologist to watch the stomach as it digests the meal.
The amount of time it takes for the barium meal to be digested and leave the stomach gives the physician an idea of how well the stomach is working and helps to detect emptying problems that may not show up on the liquid barium x-ray.
www.ohsuhealth.com /htaz/glossary/b.cfm   (2535 words)

  
 Bioline International Official Site (site up-dated regularly)
A day before, in the morning, she was subjected to Barium Meal Examination which showed dilated stomach with filling defect towards the pylorus, indicative of ulcer and gastric outlet obstruction (Figure 1).
A plain X-ray abdomen done in upright position approximately 30 h after Barium Meal showed presence of free gas under both domes of the diaphragm, localized free air towards the pylorus in the region of the perforated ulcer and presence of barium in the abdominal cavity and distal bowel (Figure 2).
Barium Meal of stomach and duodenum are commonly performed for the evaluation of the stomach and duodenum.
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 Diagnostic Procedures
Barium enemas are used to diagnose disorders of the large intestine, colon, and rectum, such as colonic tumors, polyps, and diverticula.
Barium small-bowel enemas are used to diagnose disorders of the stomach and small intestine, such as ulcers and tumors.
A barium swallow, also called an upper GI series, is an examination of the esophagus and stomach using barium to coat the walls of the upper digestive tract so that it may be examined under x-ray.
medicalcenter.osu.edu /patientcare/healthinformation/diseasesandconditions/digestive/diagnosticprocedures   (2589 words)

  
 C&EN: IT'S ELEMENTAL: THE PERIODIC TABLE - BARIUM
Barium chloride, a soluble salt, causes heart problems, but insoluble barite is used as a tracer for X-raying the human intestinal tract because it is extremely dense and opaque to X-rays.
Barium nitrate and chlorate are used in green-colored fireworks.
Potters like to use barium carbonate to lower the melting point of a glaze, but are advised to wear a mask and gloves because even the dust is soluble and toxic.
pubs.acs.org /cen/80th/print/barium.html   (756 words)

  
 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for barium
Barium is a soft, silver-white, chemically active, poisonous metal with a face-centered cubic crystalline structure.
Barium compounds are used as rodent poison, pigments...
Barium sulphate is opaque to X-rays and a suspension is used (a barium meal) to allow examination of the shape and movements of the stomach for diagnostic purposes, and as a barium enema for X-ray investigation of the...
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 I-X Barium Meal (ca. 1920s)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Barium sulfate is used as a contrast agent to improve the visualization of the gastrointestinal tract in an x-ray image.
A major problem with barium sulfate is that is is not soluble in water.
In the 1920s, various formulas were developed to keep the barium in suspension, and one of the first to be marketed was I-X Barium Meal produced by Industrial X-ray Research Laboratories of St. Louis.
www.orau.org /ptp/collection/Radiology/bariumcontrastIX.htm   (244 words)

  
 barium
As the sulphate it is used in medicine: taken as a suspension (a ‘barium meal’), its movement along the gut is followed using X-rays.
The barium sulphate, which is opaque to X-rays, shows the shape of the gut, revealing any abnormalities of the alimentary canal.
Barium is also used in alloys, pigments, and safety matches and, with strontium, forms the emissive surface in cathode-ray tubes.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0009915.html   (165 words)

  
 Radiology cases, Barium Meal X-ray
The contrast is a fine suspension of barium sulphate, designed to remain in suspension in the acidic environment of the stomach.
Barium is chosen for its density, high atomic number, that allows thin coats to be visible on the X-ray.
At this point there may be enough barium in the duodenum to give good mucosal coating and the timing of the agent to arrest peristalsis.
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 North Coast Radiology: Barium Swallow and Meal
A thin coating of a barium compound lines the inside of the oesophagus and/or stomach, and x-rays are taken.
Barium appears white on the x-ray image and outlines any irregularity of the internal walls of the oesophagus and/or stomach.
A barium powder is mixed with water to make about 120 mls (1 cup) of thick liquid which is placed in a glass.
www.ncrad.com /barium_swallow.html   (435 words)

  
 Barium enema
A barium enema, also called a lower gastrointestinal (GI) series, uses x-rays to diagnose problems in the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum.
The barium coats the lining of the colon and rectum and makes these organs, and any signs of disease in them, show up more clearly on x-rays.
I had my first experience of a barium enema last week, and I have to say that the whole thing was remarkably OK. The Picolax laxative is powerful stuff and kicked in within about 30 minutes of taking it (drink loads of fluids).
www.ibstales.com /barium-enema.htm   (1519 words)

  
 The Mosby Medical Encyclopedia: barium meal@ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
barium swallow, swallowing barium sulfate before x-ray films are taken of the esophagus, stomach, and intestinal tract.
It is used to diagnose conditions as inability to eat (dysphagia), peptic ulcer, and other disorders.
The movement of the barium through the stomach and intestinal tract is followed by fluoroscopy,...
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The barium x-ray machine is a table which can tilt, with an arm coming across which delivers or detects the x-rays.
This test is similar to a barium meal but aims to look for problems in the small intestine.
You may then have an x-ray every 30 minutes or so until the barium is seen to have gone through all the small intestine and reached the large intestine (colon).
www.lycos.com /info/barium--rays.html   (246 words)

  
 MUSC DDC - Diagnostic Tests   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A barium examination of the esophagus (swallowing passage, gullet) is referred to as an esophagram.
A barium examination of the upper digestive tract (the area from the mouth to the start of the small intestine) is called an upper GI series.
The patient swallows a variable combination of barium (a liquid that enhances X-ray images) and gas (also known as fizzes), and stands in front of an x-rays scanner.
www.ddc.musc.edu /ddc_pub/patientInfo/tests-treatments/diagnostic/radiology/bariumMeal.htm   (738 words)

  
 Beaumont Hospitals - Gastroparesis
A fluid called barium (a metallic, chemical, chalky, liquid used to coat the inside of organs so that they will show up on an x-ray) is swallowed.
barium beefsteak meal - during this test, the patient eats a meal containing barium, allowing the radiologist to watch the stomach as it digests the meal.
The amount of time it takes for the barium meal to be digested and leave the stomach gives the physician an idea of how well the stomach is working and helps to detect emptying problems that may not show up on the liquid barium x-ray.
www.beaumonthospitals.com /pls/portal30/cportal30.webpage?l_recent=P00370   (853 words)

  
 Beaumont Hospitals - Diagnostic Procedures
During this test, the patient eats a meal containing barium, allowing the radiologist to watch the stomach as it digests the meal.
This is a study in which the patient is given small amounts of a liquid containing barium to drink with a bottle, spoon, or cup.
Barium is a metallic, chemical, chalky, liquid used to coat the inside of organs so that they will show up on an x-ray.
www.beaumonthospitals.com /pls/portal30/cportal30.webpage?l_recent=P00364   (1588 words)

  
 Barium meal - TheBestLinks.com - TheBestLinks.com:Find or fix a stub, X-ray, Contrast, Heavy metals, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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A barium meal is a preparation containing barium sulfate that is used in conjunction with X-rays in the medical diagnosis of the digestive system.
Because barium is a heavy metal, X-ray images show the progress of the barium meal through the digestive system with a high contrast.
www.thebestlinks.com /Barium_meal.html   (141 words)

  
 NHS Direct - Health encyclopaedia -Barium enema
A barium enema is a procedure that is carried out using a special type of X-ray to examine the large bowel (colon and rectum) for problems, such as polyps (growths), colitis (inflammation), and tumours.
Barium sulphate is a fine, white, odourless powder that is insoluble and non-poisonous.
If, however, the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and small intestine) is to be investigated, the barium sulphate can be taken by mouth in a procedure known as a barium meal or barium swallow.
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk /articles/article.aspx?articleID=44   (162 words)

  
 Barium meal - Better Health Channel.
Barium meal is a safe test, but complications can sometimes occur.
Barium meal can cause constipation, so it is best to drink plenty of fluids for at least one full day following the test.
Barium meal is a medical test used to examine the condition of the digestive tract using a heavy, white and radio-opaque powder called barium sulfate.
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au /bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Barium_meal?OpenDocument   (878 words)

  
 Auckland Radiology Group - Services   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The barium meal may be combined with the barium swallow, and represents an extension of the barium swallow test to evaluate the stomach and the duodenum, which is the first segment of intestine beyond the stomach.
An intravenous drug designed to temporarily relax the muscles of the stomach and duodenum may be given during the course of a barium meal.
However, in the amount given for a barium swallow or barium meal, the barium may cause mild constipation.
www.aucklandradiology.co.nz /services/barium_meal_swallow.asp   (323 words)

  
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A Barium swallow is an x-ray examination of the oesophagus and a Barium meal is an x-ray examination of the stomach and duodenum (1st part of the small bowel).
Frequently, a Barium swallow and meal are performed together.
For a Barium meal examination, you will be asked to swallow granules in a fizzy liquid to produce gas in your stomach.
www.stjames.ie /PatientsVisitors/PatientBooklets/DiagnosticImagingBookletsX-raysScans/Bariumswallowmeal   (281 words)

  
 Department of Clinical Radiology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The barium x-ray machine is a table which can tilt, with an arm coming across which delivers or detects the x-rays.
Most commonly, they will be the barium enema, looking at the colon, the barium swallow or meal, looking at your oesophagus (gullet) and stomach or the barium follow-through or small bowel meal, looking at the small bowel.
The barium is high density but not radioactive and is detected by the x-rays.
www.show.scot.nhs.uk /rierad/barium.html   (1109 words)

  
 have to go for a barium meal next week. What will happen? : CancerBACUP   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A barium meal is an x-ray examination of your stomach and your oesophagus (gullet).
Sometimes you are also given an injection of a drug to relax the stomach and stop it moving while the x-rays are taken (this can cause some blurring of your vision for an hour or so and if this happens it is best not to drive).
The barium will be passed out with your bowel motions during the next few days, it may make your motions paler in colour than normal.
www.cancerbacup.org.uk /QAs/StomachcancerQAs/AllQAs/related_faqs/QAs/514   (280 words)

  
 Diagnostic Procedures
During this test, the patient eats a meal containing barium, allowing the radiologist to watch the stomach as it digests the meal.
This is a study in which the patient is given small amounts of a liquid containing barium to drink with a bottle, spoon, or cup.
Barium is a metallic, chemical, chalky, liquid used to coat the inside of organs so that they will show up on an x-ray.
www.montefiore.org /healthlibrary/adult/digest/diag   (1649 words)

  
 Barium
Barium, Ba, is an alkaline earth metallic element found in Group IIa of the periodic table.
Barium is used as a getter in the electronics industry, to remove the last traces of gases in vacuum tubes.
Barium is detected by the green colouration it imparts to a flame.
www.ucc.ie /academic/chem/dolchem/html/elem/elem056.html   (197 words)

  
 Barium meal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This is the administration of barium sulphate (a soft white metal) for radiographic examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Barium sulphate is a barium salt, insoluble in water, and it is opaque to x-rays.
A ‘barium enema’ may also be administered to examine the colon.
www.irishhealth.com /?level=4&id=5667&var=print   (86 words)

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