What is barium sulfate?

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Barium sulfate is a medication that is taken when having x-rays of the stomach, intestines or esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach) so the x-rays will be seen more clearly. It is in a group of medicines called radiopaque contrast media. The barium sulfate coats the lining of either the stomach, intestines or esophagus, but is not absorbed into the body.

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