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How should you prepare for upper gastrointestinal (GI) series?

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Your doctor will probably ask you not to eat, drink, or chew gum overnight or in the morning before you have this test. Your stomach must be empty, because food makes it hard to see your GI tract on X-rays.

Ask your doctor if it's OK to take your usual medicines with a small sip of water. Tell your doctor if you have any allergies or take supplements.

Also let your doctor know if there's a chance you might be pregnant. X-rays could harm your baby.

From: What Is an Upper GI Series? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Upper GI Series."

Sutter Health CMPC: "Learning About Your Health: Upper GI Series."

RadiologyInfo.org: "X-ray (Radiography) - Upper GI Tract."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Barium Swallow (Upper Gastrointestinal Series or "Upper GI Series")."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 02, 2017

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