Information about your fluoroscopy procedure.

  • GIT imaging is the procedure whereby the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is examined during a fluoroscopy procedure. The GIT includes the pharynx (throat), oesophagus (the passageway that connects your throat to your stomach), stomach, small and large intestines.
  • A fluoroscopy (video) is an X-ray procedure that produces real-time pictures on a screen (similar to an X-ray movie) instead of taking regular, individual, still pictures. This allows the radiologist to observe how an organ performs its normal function (e.g., how the oesophagus works during swallowing).
  • Barium is a naturally occurring element that appears white on X-rays. In these tests, the barium is given as a flavoured drink (like a milkshake). When swallowed, barium coats the walls of the digestive tract, which allows the shape of the upper digestive tract to be outlined on an X-ray. Without the barium, the upper digestive tract would be barely visible on an X-ray image.
  • Different X-ray examinations that are utilised to observe the GIT, include the barium swallow, barium meal and the barium enema.

Barium swallow

Barium meal

Barium enema

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