Your child will lie on a table in an X-ray room in the Motility Lab or an X-ray room. The doctor and nurse will wear gowns, gloves and plastic glasses.
A small tube with several holes in it will be passed into your child's nose and down through the esophagus. Your child may be given medication to help him / her relax before the test is started. Time will be allowed for your child to adjust to this tube before formal testing begins.
This tube is connected to a machine that has a monitor. Your child will be asked to swallow and will be offered sips of water and possibly small pieces of solid foods during the procedure. As swallowing occurs, the changing pressure in the tube makes tracings on the computer and records these tracings on paper. This gives the doctor a record of how well the esophagus and the sphincters are working.
During the test, parents may be with their child or wait in the waiting area. The test will take about an hour.