What is an Esophogram?

An Esophagram is an X-ray done under fluoroscopy that takes pictures of the esophagus which connects the throat to the stomach, and carries food and drinks from the mouth to the stomach. This x-ray shows how well the esophagus is working and is looking to see the direction in which the food travels as its being swallowed.

  • The test does not hurt!
  • Your child will be asked to lay down on the table while drinking a liquid called “Barium” which acts as a highlighter to show details of the esophagus and the direction the food goes when your child eats.
  • Many children say that the Barium looks like a milkshake and enjoy when the technologists mix it with another flavor to help make it taste better.
  • The test takes about 15-30 minutes to complete depending on how your child cooperates.
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Preparing your Child for an Esophogram

  • Take note that your child should not eat or drink anything before the exam.
  • A staff member will call you ahead of time to provide you with the proper instructions to follow for the day of the exam.

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