X-Ray & Fluoroscopy
What are X-Ray and Fluoroscopy?
X-ray, also known as radiography, is the fastest and easiest way for a radiologist to view bones, the lungs and certain soft tissues. X-ray is most commonly used to assess broken bones, but also plays a key role in orthopedic imaging for surgery and sports-related injuries, as well as many other diagnostic purposes.
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures, such as digestive functions, in a live, movie-like sequence. It is a safe and non-invasive procedure. Some of the fluoroscopy exams offered at Radiology & Imaging include Esophagram, Upper GI Series, Small Bowel Exam, Barium Enema, Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP), Hysterosalpingogram, and VCUG. A contrast agent is used during fluoroscopy procedures to increase the visibility of organs or a specific area of concern. One of our radiologists will perform the exam reviewing real time images on a television screen. Individual frames are captured and stored for interpretation by the radiologist.
Common X-Ray & Fluoroscopy Exams
- All Body Parts
- Barium Enema
- Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
- Small Bowel Exam
- Upper GI Series
- Joint Injections
Preparing for X-Ray and Fluoroscopy
Generally, no preparation is required for general X-Ray, although you may be asked to change into a gown to eliminate any interference with metal objects, such as buckles and zippers.
Preparation for Fluoroscopy depends on the type of exam that is performed.
- You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 – 12 hours prior to the exam, or to cleanse the large intestine (bowel) with a prep kit given to you by your physician or our staff.
- Women should always inform their physician and X-Ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
- Please contact our office for specific preparation instructions relating to all fluoroscopy studies.