How long does an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series x-ray take?

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An upper gastrointestinal (UGI) series exam (x-ray of the esophagus and stomach) should take approximately one hour. Additional films of the barium moving through the small intestine may be taken when requested by the referring physician. This can add anywhere from 45 minutes to several hours. Throughout these procedures, the patient usually feels no discomfort or pain.

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