Jefferson University Hospitals

Barium Swallow

A barium swallow is used to obtain detailed X-ray images of your upper digestive tract, which includes the esophagus, the throat and the back of your mouth. The procedure helps physicians detect structural or functional abnormalities.

The information obtained through the barium swallow will allow your physician to provide an accurate diagnosis for conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, diverticulitis, hiatal hernia and cancer. If disease is detected, your Jefferson medical team may perform further testing or develop a personalized treatment plan based on the precise nature of your condition and your individual needs.

The Abdominal Imaging Division at Jefferson consists of attending physicians and body-imaging fellows. The attending physicians are board-certified radiologists specializing in abdominal imaging, many of whom further subspecialize in specific body regions or imaging techniques. The fellows are board-certified radiologists who have chosen to obtain further advanced training as body imaging specialists. Several of the members of the Division are pioneers in the use of cross-sectional interventional techniques.