Diagnostic Testing

Endoscopy
Also referred to as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) involves looking inside the stomach with a lighted camera to evaluate the anatomy. This brief procedure is typically done under sedation as an outpatient. See more ...

Motility
This test is performed to assess how well the esophagus muscles are working by introducing a thin tube into the esophagus that has pressure sensors. See more ...

pH monitoring study
This test is performed at the time of an endoscopy using an implanted "computer chip" in the esophagus that measures acid levels over a 48 hour period of time. See more ...

Esophagram
Also referred to as a barium swallow study, this test is performed in the Radiology Department using barium. As the patient swallows, xrays are taken during the process of swallowing to assess the quality of the esophagus muscle function, as well as assessing the degree of reflux, if any, backwards from the stomach into the esophagus. Although the barium may not be very appetizing to swallow, the test is painless and brief and provides a good functional assessment of the esophagus and stomach.

Gastric Emptying Study
This test is performed in the Radiology Department to evaluate if the stomach is working properly. For patients with symptoms of bloating and reflux, this test helps determine whether improper emptying of the stomach is leading to a backup which can lead to reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus to cause heartburn and reflux symptoms.

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