Tests and treatments

Contrast swallow

What is a contrast swallow?

In a contrast swallow, you drink contrast fluid under X-ray to map the transition from the oesophagus to the stomach.

What is a contrast swallow for?

  • A contrast swallow allows for the identification of a diaphragmatic hernia and the assessment of its size.
  • In addition, passage problems or reflux of contrast into the oesophagus can be determined.
  • The length of the oesophagus can be measured as well, which is important when surgical treatment is considered.

Latest publication date: 16/05/2024