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Barium Swallow (upper gastrointestinal series or "upper gi series")

How Long For Results?

It takes the x-ray department 30 minutes to an hour to develop the pictures from your barium swallow, and it will take additional time for a doctor to examine the x-rays and to decide how they look. Typically you can get the results within a day or two.

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