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.
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.
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.
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.
any time before or after your procedure, our radiologists
are happy to provide one-on-one consultations with