Gastro Intestinal Imaging


The anatomy and function of the GIT can be evaluated dynamically with the use of contrast media and x-ray. The contrast media generally used is a barium-based preparation, but iodine preparations are also used in certain circumstances.
Female patients must inform us if they are pregnant, since these tests require the use of x-rays, and special precautions will be necessary.

Frequently asked questions:
What can I expect when I go for a GIT imaging examination?
A: The nature of the procedure depends on the  whether the esophagus, stomach, small bowel or large bowel is being examined. For the upper GIT and small bowel the contrast media is given orally. For the large bowel the contrast media is introduced rectally. All these examinations will require you to undress and wear the gown provided. During the course of the examination you will be asked to follow specific instructions and position yourself in specific positions to demonstrate the anatomy.

The GIT examinations can be moderately uncomfortable, but are usually not painful. The radiographer will assist you during the examination to make sure you are as comfortable as possible at all times.

Q: When will I get the result?
A: After having performed the examination, the radiologist will review the reference images taken and provide you with a written report, accompanied by the images on either film or CD to return to your referring doctor. In most cases, you will receive your images and report shortly after the examination.

Q: Do I need to make an appointment?
A: Since most GIT studies require some form of preparation, an appointment is essential unless it is an emergency. 

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