Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy enables an x-ray technologist to capture an image of an internal body organ in “real time,” while it is functioning.

Fluoroscopy enables an x-ray technologist to capture an image of an internal body organ in “real time,” while it is functioning.

What is Fluoroscopy?

With the aid of a contrast agent, Fluoroscopy enables an x-ray technologist to capture an image of an internal body organ in “real time,” while it is functioning. The contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen.

What are some common uses of Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is used to screen for ulcers, benign tumors (polyps, for example), cancer, or signs of certain other intestinal illnesses.

How should I prepare for this procedure?

You should inform your doctor about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, as well as any allergies you might have to medications.

Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Small Bowel Series: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before.

Upper G.I. or Esophogram:

  • If your appointment is before 1:00 p.m -nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before.
  • If your appointment is after 1:00 p.m – clear liquids only from midnight the night before until 10:00 a.m. the day of your appointment, and nothing by mouth at 10:00 a.m. on the day of your exam.

Barium Enema:

A barium enema requires thorough cleansing of your colon. You must come in to pick up a prep kit at least three days before your exam date. It is important that you drink plenty of clear liquids during the prep and follow all instructions.

IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram):

  • If your appointment is before 1:00 p.m. -clear liquids only on the day before your exam. Examples of clear liquids include: coffee, tea, soda, water, gelatin, broth, hard candy, sports drinks (such as Gatorade), popsicles, and juice without pulp.
  • If your appointment is after 1:00 p.m – on the day before your exam, you may have a light breakfast before 10:00 a.m.  Following 10:00 a.m., clear liquids only. At 2:00 p.m., take 2 oz. (4 Tbs.) castor oil or one full bottle of citrate of magnesium. Continue on a clear liquid diet only until appointment time. Examples of clear liquids include: coffee, tea, soda, water, gelatin, broth, hard candy, sports drinks (such as Gatorade), popsicles, and juice without pulp.

It is important that you drink at least one cup of liquid every two hours that you’re awake – the more you drink, the better the exam will be.

What can I expect during this procedure?

  • Fluoroscopy is generally painless.
  • Depending on the type of fluoroscopic test you undergo, you will be asked to lie or stand between the X-ray machine and a fluorescent screen after putting on a gown.
  • An X-ray scanner produces fluoroscopic images of the body part being examined.
  • You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture different views.

For more information on this topic, please visit www.Radiologyinfo.org.