How does barium sulfate work?

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Barium sulfate is used to coat the lining of either the stomach, intestines or esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth and stomach). This coating allows an x-ray or CT scan to produce a clearer image of the diseased or damaged tissue. CT stands for computed tomography and can include a CAT scan or a CT scan. These are scans that use a computer to put together the x-ray images to create more of a multi-dimensional image.

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