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Upper gastrointestinal series for stomach cancer

What is an upper gastrointestinal series?

For this test, X-rays are taken of your upper digestive tract to identify blockages. You first drink a chalky solution containing barium. The solution travels down your digestive tract, coating your esophagus, stomach and small intestine. A series of X-rays are then taken. The X-rays do not pass through the barium-coated organs, producing images which show abnormal areas your doctors may need to look at more closely.

Upper gastrointestinal series for stomach cancer

If your doctor identifies blockages or abnormal areas on the X-rays of your digestive tract, the next step may be an endoscopic procedure or another diagnostic imaging test for stomach cancer.