Upper GI Series (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is an upper GI series?
- What are the risks of an upper GI series?
- How does a patient prepare for an upper GI series, and how is it performed?
- How does the patient obtain the results of the upper GI series?
- Upper GI Series At A Glance
How does the patient obtain the results of the upper GI series?
After the radiology technician develops the X-ray film or digital image, it is transferred to the radiologist physician. The radiologist interprets the body images produced. The radiologist then generates a report that is transmitted to the physician who requested the test. The radiologist and the practitioner often review the findings together. The practitioner can review the results of the upper GI series with the patient and can proceed with therapy or discuss whether other tests may be necessary.
Upper GI Series At A Glance
- An upper gastrointestinal series is an x-ray test
used to define the anatomy of the upper digestive tract.
- Women who are or may be pregnant should notify the doctor
requesting the procedure and the radiology staff.
- An upper gastrointestinal series involves filling the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines with a white liquid material (barium).
Last Editorial Review: 2/20/2009
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