Fluoroscopy is an x-ray procedure that makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. Fluoroscopy uses x-ray to produce real-time video images. After the x-rays pass through the patient, instead of using film, they are captured by a device called an image intensifier and converted into light. The light is then captured by a TV camera and displayed on a video monitor. Fluoroscopy is commonly used in upper GI and bowel studies as well as joint injections for pain management.
Pain Injection / Arthrogram
You may not drive 4 hours after exam. Please have a driver with you.
Upper GI / Esophagram Barium Swallow / Small Bowel Series
Adults (Ages 2 and up):
Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to exam.
Pediatrics (Infants to 1 year of age):
Nothing to eat or drink 2-4 hours prior to exam and bring a clean bottle.
Read all instructions at least two days before your enema.
You should inform your physician about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, as well as allergies you might have to medications. Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
Depending on the type of fluoroscopy 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 x-rayed body part on a TV monitor that the radiologist views. You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist to technologist to capture different views.