With the aid of a contrast agent, Fluoroscopy enables a x-ray technologist to capture an image of an internal body organ while it is functioning. This contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen.
What are some common uses of Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is used to screen for:
- benign tumors (polyps, for example)
- signs of certain other intestinal illnesses
What types of tests are given?
- Barium Swallow
- Upper GI
- Lower GI (Barium Enema)
- Small Bowel Follow Through
How should I prepare for this procedure?
- Preparation varies depending on the type of test given – Lower and Upper GI, Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP). Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your exam.
- You should inform your doctor about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, as well as any allergies you might have to medications.
- Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
What should I expect during this exam?
- Fluoroscopy is generally painless.
- Depending on the type of fluoroscopic test you undergo, in general you will be asked to lie or stand between the X-ray machine and a fluorescent screen after putting on a gown.
- An X-ray scanner produces fluoroscopic images of the body part being examined.
- You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture different views.