Conditions + Treatments

Upper GI Series

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An upper GI series (gastrointestinal series) uses a special x-ray technology called fluoroscopy and a contrast agent called barium to show the structure of your child's esophagus, stomach and small intestine.

How Boston Children's Hospital approaches an upper GI series

Performing an upper GI series test in children poses unique challenges. Diagnostic Radiology at Boston Children's provides a soothing, kid-friendly environment with:

  • Pediatric radiologists, with extensive experience and training, perform the procedure
  • Technologists have years of experience in imaging children from infancy to teenagers.
  • Skilled staff who use age-appropriate distraction techniques to help comfort patients prior to and during the study
  • Equipment designed specifically for pediatric use, which means age-appropriate care for children
  • Protocols have been adapted to keep radiation exposure as low as reasonably achievable without compromising the image quality.

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Department of Radiology

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