We have described what to expect before, during, and after the test. It is very important to follow the instructions you are given to prepare for this X-ray. The test is like an enema except barium is used to show the bowel under X-ray. The radiologist controls the barium. The patient is asked to turn from side to side as films are taken.
An small bowel X-ray is also known as a small bowel study. The radiologist will watch your esophasgus, your stomach, and small bowel on a monitor and take some pictures. How to get ready for the test, what happens during the test, and what to expect after the test are covered.
We have described getting ready for this test and what happens during the test. The radiologist will watch your esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach), the stomach and the first part of the small bowel on a TV monitor and take some images. This X-ray is also sometimes referred to as barium meal or barium swallow.