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Upper GI

An Upper GI is an Imaging procedure used for the evaluation of the esophagus, stomach, and first portion of the small intestine. You will be asked to swallow contrast (barium) and the radiologist will take a series of X-Rays in several different positions while you are lying on an X-Ray table. The Upper GI is a painless exam and provides the radiologist functional information of the digestive tract.  

Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your Upper GI. Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have. Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.

Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.

Radiation Dose: Special care is taken during X-Ray examinations to use of the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the best images for evaluation.

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