Clinical Utility of Barium Sulfate Products: Formulation Determines Appropriate Use

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To receive credits, participants must review the program materials in their entirety and complete the online post examination and evaluation. CE credits require a post examination score of 80% or higher. ASHA credits require a post examination score of 70% or higher.

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AHRA/CRA Effective Date: November 24, 2021
AHRA/CRA Expiration Date: November 20, 2023
ASHA Effective Date: October 23, 2021
ASHA Expiration Date: August 31, 2023
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual with Slides
Educational Credits:
One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.
One (1) AHRA CRA Credit
ASHA CEU Credit (0.1)


Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

Commercial Support

Made possible through an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

Target Audience & Cost

This program is intended for: Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators, Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and related Imaging Professionals.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

Program Summary

Depending on its intended application in Fluoroscopy or CT, Barium Sulfate (BaSO4 ) contains specific combinations of additional ingredients that support the diagnosis of disease, define treatment options, and improve patient outcomes. When used for the anatomical evaluation of the GI tract or the physiology of swallowing, a comprehensive understanding of the clinical utility of Barium products and their additives, is needed. This accredited program explains the differences and the benefits of each additive and is designed to increase knowledge about the clinical applications of Barium.

Dr. Sireci will provide a comprehensive overview of each Barium product, its indication and intended use. Following the presentation questions from the audience were addressed in a moderated Q&A session.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the role that BaSO4 plays in barium-containing contrast media.
  • Review the purpose of each ingredient/additive found in BaSO4 contrast media products currently available for fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations.
  • Describe the formulation of barium products that are appropriate for single and double contrast anatomic radiographic evaluation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
  • Summarize qualities of the barium-containing contrast media used in evaluation of swallowing that make them most appropriate for that application.
  • State the properties of barium-containing contrast media used in computed tomography (CT) applications

No special educational preparation is required for this CME/CE activity!


Steven Sireci, MD

Steven Sireci, MD

Executive Director, Medical Affairs
Head, Medical Services – Americas
Global Medical & Regulatory Affairs
Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

Dr. Sireci is an Executive Director of Medical Affairs who serves as the Head of Medical Services - Americas for Bracco Diagnostics Inc. He has been with Bracco for 20 years in various medical scientific roles.

He is currently involved in clinical research and regulatory support for Bracco nuclear medicine products, most notably CardioGen-82 (rubidium Rb 82 generator) and Kinevac (sincalide). He also supports marketing, scientific communication and education for Bracco’s Varibar® product line, and for the company’s barium sulfate products in general. In his Medical Services role, he also provides scientific support and training on Bracco contrast media to the Bracco Professional Services unit, and contrast media Sales Force and customer base.

Dr. Sireci received his M.D. degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, and is board certified in both of those specialties. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Radiology with Columbia University.


Steven Sireci, MD discloses that he is an employee of Bracco Diagnostics, Inc., which manufactures barium sulfate products for diagnostic imaging. He has no non-financial relationships to disclose.


Radiologic Technologists:
This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the AHRA, The Association for Medical Imaging Management for One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.

Radiology Administrators:
This course meets all CRA renewal credit criteria and has been approved for one (1) continuing education credit in the following CRA domains: Operations Management and Asset Resource Management.

Speech Language Pathologists:

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU’s (Intermediate Level)

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

Method of Participation/Criteria for Success

ARRT CE Credits
To receive CE credits for participating in this CE activity you must successfully complete the online post examination with a passing score of 80% or higher.

ASHA CEU Credits
To receive CE credits for participating in this CE activity you must successfully complete the online post examination with a passing score of 70% or higher.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.