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How to prepare for your Upper GI or stomach x-ray
The UGI (Upper GI or stomach x-ray) can help your doctor to diagnose such problems as ulcers, tumors, and other diseases of the upper gastro-intestinal tract. You may not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam. If you have any food or drink in your stomach, the radiologist will not be able to do your test as it could lead to misleading results. It is a good idea not to smoke the day of the test either.

What to expect at your appointment
When you come for your exam, you will fill out some papers giving us permission to do your exam. You will then change into a gown. The radiologist will have you drink a barium solution. This will enhance your x-ray images making it much easier for your doctors to come to a diagnosis for you. The doctor may also have you swallow some "fizzies" which introduce air into your stomach. These will make you feel as if you want to belch, but you need to swallow to keep the air down. You may not belch. The doctor will ask you to roll in different directions as the x-rays are taken so that they can get different angles. You will have to hold your breath at intervals during this time.

After the radiologist is finished with those pictures, your x-ray technologist will use a different machine to take more pictures.

This exam takes about 30 minutes.

What to expect after the exam
You may resume your normal activities, including eating and drinking, right after the exam. It is important that you drink extra fluids for two to three days after your exam to flush the barium from your system. If you have a tendency toward becoming constipated, you may want to take a laxative.

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Downloadable forms to save time at your appointment
If you have a printer attached to your computer, you may click on these links to download printable forms to complete at home and bring to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer or do not wish to download these forms, you will receive these same forms when you come to SIRA for your appointment.

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