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WHAT IS FLUOROSCOPY
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. Some common procedure that use fluoroscopy include upper gastrointestinal exams (UGI), barium enemas (BE), and Intravenous Pyelograms (IVP). Fluoroscopy is also 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.
How Should I Prepare?
Before some exams, you may be asked to avoid normal eating or drinking for a period of time. You should continue medications prescribed by your doctor unless informed otherwise. Diabetic patients may need to delay their medication until after they have eaten in order to avoid an insulin reaction. You may be asked to wear a hospital gown and may have to remove items such as glasses, jewelry, dentures, hearing aids, etc. Women should always inform their technologist if there is any possibility of pregnancy.
How Do I Get the Results?
After your study is over, a radiologist will review and evaluate your exam. Both a preliminary and final report will be sent to your doctor, who can then discuss the results with you in detail. Often, for more immediate situations, our radiologists will speak directly with your referring physician to discuss the result of the imaging procedure.
At any time before or after your procedure, our radiologists are happy to provide one-on-one consultations with you.