What is a barium swallow test used to diagnose
Barium swallow and barium meal are considered to be safe procedures but there is a small risk of complications. These include: Potential spillage of barium- Barium should not be used in patients whom the doctor suspects there may be a significant hole in the gastrointestinal lining.A barium swallow and barium meal are types of X-ray test. They allow your doctor to examine your throat, oesophagus, stomach and the first part of your bowel. These tests can give your doctor information about your swallowing action. They may also pick up ulcers, abnormal growths, narrowing or a blockage.