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Exam Preparations

Upper GI


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.


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


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.

Radiology Associates, P.A.

Doctors Building
500 South University
Little Rock, AR 72205

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