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What can I expect during x-rays to diagnosis esophageal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

A group of x-rays called an upper GI (gastrointestinal) series, or a barium swallow, is used to help diagnosis esophageal cancer. You will be asked to drink a liquid that contains a metallic material called barium, which will stick to the surface of your esophagus as you swallow it. Metallic substances show up on x-rays better than human tissues and therefore give an accurate picture of the human tissue. The bariums will enable your doctor to see your esophagus (and any abnormalities with it) more clearly.

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