Gastrointestinal X-ray examination

Gastrointestinal X-ray examination

X-ray scan of the digestive tract: oesophagus, stomach.

X- ray examination of the digestive tract is not a substitute but a useful complementary examination to the endoscopic procedures, especially to visualize those parts of the digestive system which cannot be examined by endoscope

Basic information about the examination

Locations of gastrointestinal X-ray examination

  • Bled | Pod skalo 4, 4260 Bled
Appointment - self pay

Frequently asked questions


What can you expect during X-ray scan?

In the X-ray examination of the digestive tract we use a milky drink which contains barium. Barium is not absorbed from the intestines into the body, rather it passes through the digestive tract and is eventually excreted naturally. Since barium absorbs X-rays, it leaves an image on the X-ray screen or film, and from multiple sequential images we obtain a film projection of the digestive system in one plane. It provides useful information about the position of the examined organ, possible abnormal growths, strictures or flow obstructions.

In this way, we are able to perform X-ray imaging of the stomach, oesophagus and duodenum in only about 15 to 20 minutes.

After the exam it is advisable to increase your fluid intake to facilitate the discharge of barium contrast, which thickens the consistency of stool. However, can resume your normal activities right away. Please, attend the examination dressed in loose, comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and put on. We also kindly request that you leave the jewellery at home.

Before examination

How to prepare for gastrointestinal X-ray examination?

Preoperative fasting is required for both examinations, for 2-3 days before the procedure you should ingest only liquid food which leaves no remains in the intestines.

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