Gastropaque (ca. 1960s)

Gastropaque, produced by the Buck X-Ograph Company of St. Louis, was barium sulfate. Available in both a flavored and unflavored version, it was used as a contrast agent to improve the visualization of the gastrointestinal tract in an x-ray image.

Quoting the manufacturer's literature: "BARIUM MEAL - Highest Quality - Lowest Price"  "mixes in water without difficulty and stays well in suspension - Is in no way nauseating to the patient, nor is it constipating."

The fiber drum container shown here is empty.

Size:  5" high and 8.5" in diameter


Buck X-ograph Company. Product description. Section G - Sheet No. 1. Issued August 1961.

E.R. Grigg. Trail of the Invisible Light. Charles C Thomas, 1965.


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