Exam Preparations

Upper GI

Description:

An x-ray of the upper portion of the digestive system, which includes the esophagus and stomach. The patient will be asked to drink a barium preparation to make the GI tract visible by x-ray. The patient may also be asked to swallow some “fizzy” type crystals to help with visualization of the stomach.

Preparation:

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight (NPO). This includes any medication. If you are uncomfortable postponing medication for 2-3 hours consult your physician.

Exam Time: 20-30 minutes

Patients should arrive 15 minutes early to process paperwork

Post-Instructions:

It is recommended that fluids be increased for the remainder of the day following the Upper GI to help the body completely evacuate the residual barium.