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 over time of your child’s esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. By using fluoroscopic technique, your radiologist can see how these organs move and function together while looking for any abnormalities.
This exam requires that your child drink barium contrast liquid as a special X-ray camera captures the images. The barium will coat your child’s gastrointestinal tract, allowing the radiologist to see details that help in diagnosis. Barium is a safe and effective contrast agent for infants and children. More basic information on fluoroscopy is available in the About Fluoroscopy section.
An upper GI test can be used to help radiologists diagnose problems of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine, such as:
To schedule an upper gastrointestinal exam, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A health care 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 health care provider who referred you to ARA. Your health care provider will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.