What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures, such as digestive functions, in a live, movie-like sequence. It is a safe and generally non-invasive procedure.
Barium, a contrast agent is often used during fluoroscopy procedures to increases the visibility of organs. Your Technologist watches the moving exam images on a television screen, and individual frames are captured for interpretation by the Radiologist.
Preparing for Fluoroscopy
Preparation for fluoroscopy depends on the type of exam that is performed. You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 - 12 hours prior to the exam, or to cleanse the large intestine with a prep kit given to you by your physician or our staff.
Please contact us for exam-specific preparation instructions.
Depending on the type of fluoroscopic exam, you will be positioned next to the x-ray equipment standing up and/or lying down. During the exam we may ask you to switch positions during the exam. Contrast agents used during a fluoroscopy exam may be introduced to the body through injections, swallowing, or in select cases, an enema.
Once the fluoroscopy study is complete, you may return to your daily activity. Drinking fluids may be encouraged to help any contrast material move through the body. Our Radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to the patient's physician.
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