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 by reviewing real-time images on a television screen. Individual frames are captured and stored for interpretation by the radiologist.
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.
During and after X-Ray and Fluoroscopy
Depending on the type of x-ray or fluoroscopy exam, you will be positioned next to the x-ray equipment standing up and/or lying down. You may be be asked to switch positions during the exam. Contrast agents used during a fluoroscopy exam may be introduced to the body through injections, swallowing, or in select cases, an enema. Once the fluoroscopy or x-ray study is complete, you may resume normal activity. Drinking fluids may be encouraged to help any contrast material move through the body. One of our radiologists will interpret the exam and report the findings to your physician. Your physician will discuss the findings of your imaging study with you.
Common X-Ray & Fluoroscopy Exams:
- Barium Enema
- Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
- Small Bowel Exam
- Upper GI Series
- Joint Injections
- All Body Parts