Skip to main content
More Search Options
A member of our team will call you back within one business day.
An upper GI series is an x-ray exam of your upper digestive tract (the area from your mouth to the start of your small intestine). This test helps your doctor find problems such as ulcers, tumors, and certain diseases.
Stop eating and drinking 8 hours before your test.
Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it’s okay to take them before your test.
Do not smoke the morning of the test.
The test takes 30–60 minutes. Allow extra time to check in.
You have any allergies
You ate or drank within the last 8 hours
You’re pregnant or think you may be
You’ve had any previous surgery
You take any medications
You will drink barium (a liquid that improves x-ray images).
You also may swallow “fizzies,” a substance that makes air build up in your stomach. Don’t burp, even if you feel you have to.
You may need to stand or lie in different positions.
You will be asked to hold your breath for a short time during the x-ray.
Your stool may appear white or lighter than normal.
Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.
Your next appointment is:__________________