Contemporary Radiological Examination of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

  • J. W. A. J. Reeders
  • S. Somers
Conference paper
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Barium and endoscopy both have advantages. Endoscopy not only gives you direct visualization, but also the ability to perform biopsies. It does not give you the ability to determine the exact anatomy or the gross appearance of a lesion. Barium, on the other hand, gives you a dynamic examination which is particularly useful for the assessment of swallowing disorders and oesophageal motility. When the pharynx and oesophagus are not of prime concern and cost is not a problem, then endoscopy, which requires minimal physical effort, is the examination of choice for dyspeptic and unwell patients.


Test Meal Linitis Plastica Oesophageal Motility Barium Examination Slide Hiatus Hernia 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Freeny PC, Stevenson GW (eds) (1994) Alimentary tract radiology, 5th edition (Part IV, Esophagus; Part V, Stomach). Mosby, St. LouisGoogle Scholar
  2. Hüpscher DN (1988) Radiology of the esophagus. Georg Thieme, StuttgartGoogle Scholar
  3. Levine MS (1989) Radiology of the esophagus. WB Saunders, PhiladelphiaGoogle Scholar
  4. Reeders JWAJ, Tytgat GNJ (1991) Ösophagus-Magen-Darm radiologische Diagnostik: wie? Wann? Band XII. Georg Thieme, StuttgartGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. A. J. Reeders
    • 1
  • S. Somers
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologySint Elizabeth Hospital CuraçaoNethAntilles
  2. 2.Department of Gastrointestinal RadiologyMcMaster University Medical CenterHamiltonCanada

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