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An upper gastrointestinal (GI) series looks at the upper and middle sections of the gastrointestinal tract. The test uses barium contrast material, fluoroscopy, and X-ray. Fluoroscopy is a kind of X-ray.
An upper GI series is done to:
Tell your child's doctor if:
The doctor may ask you to have your child do one or all of the following:
You may want to bring a toy or favourite blanket for your child. You may also want to have a snack or drink for after the test.
The test is usually done in a clinic or the X-ray department of a hospital.
The test will take about 30 to 40 minutes. If your child is also having a small bowel study, the test will take 2 to 3 hours.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: March 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine
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