barium meal


barium meal
a technique for examining the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The patient swallows barium sulphate to coat the lining of the organs. Granules that produce gas to distend the stomach may be given to produce a double-contrast effect. A series of X-rays is taken. This can be used to diagnose tumours, gastric and duodenal ulcers, hiatus hernia, and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. Many indications for this examination have been replaced by the use of endoscopy.

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  • barium meal — n a solution of barium sulfate that is swallowed by a patient to facilitate fluoroscopic or radiographic diagnosis * * * a technique for examining the oesophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The patient swallows barium sulphate to coat the lining of… …   Medical dictionary

  • barium meal — ► NOUN ▪ a preparation containing barium sulphate, opaque to X rays, which is swallowed so that the stomach or intestines can be studied radiologically …   English terms dictionary

  • barium meal — noun count BRITISH a substance that you swallow before having an X RAY of your stomach …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Barium meal — A barium meal, also known as an upper gastrointestinal series is a procedure in which radiographs of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum are taken after barium sulfate is ingested by a patient. Barium meals are useful in the diagnosis of… …   Wikipedia

  • barium meal — noun : a solution of barium sulfate that is swallowed by a patient to facilitate fluoroscopic or roentgenographic diagnosis * * * barium meal noun A mixture of barium sulphate swallowed to render the alimentary canal opaque to X rays • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • barium meal — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms barium meal : singular barium meal plural barium meals medical British a substance that you swallow before having an x ray of your stomach …   English dictionary

  • barium meal — noun A procedure in which the patient ingests barium sulfate (a radioopaque compound) for the purpose of producing clear radiographs of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum …   Wiktionary

  • barium meal — /bɛəriəm ˈmil/ (say bairreeuhm meel) noun a preparation of barium sulphate ingested before a radiological examination to show up any abnormality of the stomach or duodenum …   Australian English dictionary

  • barium meal — noun (U) technical a chemical substance that you drink before you have an x ray 1 (2) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Barium — (pronEng|ˈbɛəriəm) is a chemical element. It has the symbol Ba, and atomic number 56. Barium is a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. It is never found in nature in its pure form due to its reactivity with air. Its oxide is historically… …   Wikipedia


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