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Exam Explanation

An esophagram is an examination of the esophagus, using barium to coat the walls of the upper digestive tract so that it may be examined under X-ray. Esophagrams are used to identify any abnormalities such as tumors, ulcers, hernias, pouches, strictures, and swallowing difficulties.

Exam Preparation

There is no special preparation for an esophagram.

During the Exam

The patient will be asked to drink the barium and to swallow baking soda crystals. The patient may be asked to move in different positions while the X-rays are taken.