During the test, your child will lie on the X-ray table. He / she will drink a special liquid called barium. Barium is a milky white or pink liquid that is usually strawberry or fruit flavored. While the child drinks the barium, a doctor (radiologist) or X-ray technologist will take X-ray pictures.
Nothing will hurt your child during the test, but he / she will need to lie still on the X-ray table. If he / she is unable to lie still, our staff may assist your child with holding still. Parents are encouraged to stay in the X-ray room during the test. Most children are less apprehensive and more cooperative when a loved one is with them. If you are pregnant, you will have to wait outside the room. It is a good idea for siblings to stay with another caregiver. The test usually lasts about 30 minutes.
It is possible that during the procedure your child may experience some discomfort. Please tell the doctor, nurse or technologist if pain occurs.