barium x-ray


A procedure used to x-ray the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or large intestine. A contrast medium (barium) is used to make organs and structures show up clearly on the x-ray image.

Doctors use barium x-ray to look for tumours, polyps, blockages or other signs of disease.

A barium enema is used to inject barium into the colon and rectum through the anus. A barium swallow or barium meal is used to coat the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) with barium.

See also upper gastrointestinal (GI) series and lower gastrointestinal (GI) series.

Medical disclaimer

The information that the Canadian Cancer Society provides does not replace your relationship with your doctor. The information is for your general use, so be sure to talk to a qualified healthcare professional before making medical decisions or if you have questions about your health.

We do our best to make sure that the information we provide is accurate and reliable but cannot guarantee that it is error-free or complete.

The Canadian Cancer Society is not responsible for the quality of the information or services provided by other organizations and mentioned on, nor do we endorse any service, product, treatment or therapy.

1-888-939-3333 | | © 2024 Canadian Cancer Society