General Fluoroscopy Info
Fluoroscopy is one of the oldest and broadest areas of diagnostic radiology. In fluoroscopic studies, an x-ray imaging unit is used that can both take images and produce an image that can be seen on a TV screen in real time.
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Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray that captures moving images, allowing the radiologist to observe the functioning as well as the anatomy of internal organs. Common exams that use fluoroscopy include upper gastrointestinal exams (UGI), barium enemas (BE), and Esophoagrams or Barium Swallows. It also is used to quickly guide the radiologist when performing a procedure that involves placing a tube, catheter or other device internally. Examples include angiography, myelograms and interventional radiology procedures. For nearly all of these exams, static or still images are also taken to document what is seen or done at the time of the exam. A fluoroscopy unit consists of three components: the fluoroscope, which moves over the body part of interest; the monitor that displays the moving image; and the X-ray tube that generates the X-rays that pass through the body and create the image on the fluoroscope. As with any X-ray, you do not feel any sensations from fluoroscopy itself.
Your doctor will inform you of the important preparation necessary for this exam. You can also call Radiology Associates and a registered nurse will advise you of the proper steps toward a successful exam.
Since the tests use x-rays, the technologist will ask females of childbearing age whether there is any chance they are pregnant.
Be sure to tell your doctor and imaging center staff about any possible allergies to iodine or x-ray contrast prior to scheduling the procedure.
Frequently, the Radiologist will review your findings with you prior to your departure.
Typically your referring physician will schedule an appointment for you. If you have been asked to schedule the appointment yourself, please have your physician’s order and any pre-authorization information required by your insurance or health plan provider in hand, and call 850-878-4127.
After arrival, you will be asked to change into a gown. The technologist will review your examination with you prior to arrival of the Radiologist. Once the Radiologist arrives, he or she will likely take a brief history to determine how best to perform the exam and to find our what clinical questions need to be answered. The Radiologist will then perform the examination and save images to document the areas of interest. With some examinations, you will need to drink oral contrast material. Most examinations take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Frequently, the Radiologist will review your findings with you prior to your departure.
- UGI Series & Small Bowel Series– upper gastrointestional exam
- Barium Enema – lower gastrointestional exam
- IVP – Intravenous pyelograms – urinary tract exam
- Nerve root or steroid injections – of back or joints
In these studies, a safe dense element, either barium or iodine, is used to block x-rays while taking the pictures