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Water is added into the barium sulfate powder to produce a liquid suspension and it is given to the patient. The barium sulfate solution will pass through the digestive tract, covering the entire lining of the digestive system in the process. While the liquid flows through the digestive tract, the radio-graphs will be taken by an X-ray machine, and the shapes of the coated organs will be seen clearly to look for abnormalities.
The Use of Barium Sulfate
Barium sulfate is used in X-ray imaging to diagnose abnormalities in the digestive tract.
Barium Swallow Test
Why is Barium Sulfate safe to use?
Although barium is a heavy metal and barium ions are poisonous, the low solubility of barium sulfate protects the patient from absorbing harmful amounts of the metal.
Barium sulfate is specifically used for digestive x-rays since its low solubility does not allow it to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
Barium Sulfate is an inorganic compound.
It is a white crystalline solid that is odourless and insoluble in water.
The barium swallow test is used to determine the causes of swallowing disorders, abdominal pain, bloodstained vomit, ulcers, tumours, or unexplained weight loss.
Barium Swallow Test