Key Points about Fluroscopy
- Fluoroscopy makes it possible to see internal organs in motion.
- The length of the fluoroscopy exam varies depending on what type of exam you are having.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the inside of your body through the use of a fluoroscope. Fluoroscopy makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. In its simplest form, a fluoroscope consists of an X-ray source and fluorescent screen between which you are placed.
Preparing for a fluoroscopy
Many fluoroscopic procedures require specific preparation prior to the procedure. Scheduling personnel will provide you with special diet and procedure preparations when making the appointment.
Preparation for fluoroscopic examinations requires an appointment, as well as a written order from your physician. If you are pregnant or nursing, you must notify your technologist. Depending on the area of your body being examined, you may need to change into a gown upon arrival. In addition, you will be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any other objects that could obscure the images.
Expectations during a fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy itself is painless. Many patients find oral barium (Upper GI) unpleasant but tolerable. Many patients find the barium enema uncomfortable but tolerable. Its reputation is worse than its reality.
Depending on the type of fluoroscopic test you undergo, you will lie down on an X-ray table equipped with what is called an image intensifier--a device that creates an image of the body part on a TV monitor that the radiologist views. You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture different views. There will be a radiologic technologist and a radiologist in the room with you during the exam.
Length of a fluoroscopy
The length of the fluoroscopy exam varies depending on what type of exam you are having. Your technologist will notify you of the