Abdominal Imaging

Radiologists in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Radiology Division perform diagnostic imaging studies of the GI tract. The GI Division faculty and staff work closely with gastroenterologists, surgeons, internists and other specialists to evaluate and perform studies on patients with known or suspected GI diseases including:

  • esophagrams (barium swallows) – for patients with difficulty swallowing or reflux symptoms.
  • upper GI studies – for patients with dyspepsia, epigastric pain, vomiting or other upper GI conditions.
  • small bowel follow through studies and small bowel enemas (in which barium is injected through a tube placed in the proximal small bowel) for abdominal pain or diarrhea
  • barium enemas – for patients with rectal bleeding, colonic symptoms or colon cancer screening.

For all of these examinations, a “double contrast” technique is used to detect more subtle GI abnormalities than conventional barium studies with no additional risk to patients. Penn’s GI Division has a national reputation for obtaining the highest quality imaging studies.