What is Fluoroscopy?

A fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures, like an x-ray “movie” of the inside of the body. A continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is then transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. A fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Fluoroscopic imaging services available include: Barium swallow, Upper GI, Small bowel studies, Barium enema studies, Arthrography (+/- CT, MR), Hysterosalpingography (HSG), and Pediatric studies.

How can I prepare?

Preparation for a fluoroscopy varies widely, depending on whether it will be an outpatient or in-hospital procedure. Talk to your doctor about the specific requirements leading up to your procedure.

What can I expect?

You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined and be given a gown to wear. If your procedure requires contrast, you may be given an IV in the hand or arm, an enema, or be asked to swallow contrast liquid. Then you will be positioned on an x-ray table for the duration of the procedure. For procedures that require catheter insertion, such as cardiac catheterization or catheter placement into a joint or other body part, an additional line insertion site may be used in the groin, elbow, or other area. The type of procedure being performed and the body part being examined and/or treated will determine the length of the procedure. While fluoroscopy itself is not painful, parts of the procedure may be uncomfortable, such as the injection into a joint or accessing of an artery or vein for angiography. In these cases, the Radiologist will take all comfort measures possible, which could include local anesthesia.

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