What is an upper gastrointestinal exam?
An upper gastrointestinal exam (also called “upper GI”) is a radiology procedure that uses real-time X-ray fluoroscopy to produce images of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. By using fluoroscopic technique, your doctor can visualize how these organs move and function together, while looking for any abnormalities. This exam requires that you drink barium contrast material as a special X-ray camera called a fluoroscope captures the images. More basic information on fluoroscopy is available in the Fluoroscopy section.
An upper GI test can be used to help doctors diagnose digestive problems of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, the upper GI can help your doctor determine if the cause of your symptoms is due to acid reflux. An upper GI exam can help diagnose:
Some symptoms that may be present due to upper GI tract disease may include:
To schedule an upper gastrointestinal exam, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days your exam.
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