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Barium Meal

This is an x-ray test of the small intestine. Your child will have to drink some special milk (barium). If they are unable to drink the milk, a soft flexible tube (naso-gastric tube) is placed into their nose and then down into their stomach. The special milk is able to be seen on x-ray. X-rays are then taken of the intestine, the milk showing the outline of the intestine.

This test is done in the x-ray (radiology) department at Starship Hospital.

It is done to see if there are any problems with the small intestine (like Crohn’s disease or vomiting)

This page was last updated at 3:37PM on September 4, 2018.