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Fluoroscopy


Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structure, similar to an X-ray movie. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Why Use Fluoroscopy?


Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, such as barium X-rays, lumbar puncture, intravenous pyelograms, hysterosalpingograms, and biopsies.
Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used with other diagnostic or therapeutic media or procedures. In barium X-rays, fluoroscopy used alone allows the doctor to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them and allows the doctor to position the patient for spot imaging.

The Procedure


Fluoroscopy may be performed on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in the hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your doctor's practices. Notify the radiologist or technologist if you are allergic or sensitive to medications, contrast dyes, or iodine.
Generally you will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined. If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
A substance may be given, depending on the type of procedure that is being performed via swallowing, enema, or intravenous (IV) line in your hand or arm. You will be positioned on the X-ray table. Depending on the type of procedure, you may be asked to assume different positions, move a specific body part, or hold your breath at intervals while the fluoroscopy is being performed.
The type of procedure being performed and the body part being examined will determine the length of the procedure.

After the Procedure


The type of care required after the procedure will depend on the type of fluoroscopy that is performed. Some procedures will likely require a recovery period of several hours with immobilization. Other procedures may require less time for recovery. If you notice pain, redness, and/or swelling at the IV site after you return home, you should notify your doctor as this could indicate and infection or other type of reaction. Your doctor will give you more specific instructions related to your care after the examination or procedure.

Results


At Cameron, Fluoroscopy images are recorded digitally. They can be viewed on-screen with our state-of-the-art Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) within minutes. A radiologist views and interprets the results. A report will be sent to your doctor, who then will explain the results to you.

Precautions


If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please check with your doctor before scheduling the exam. Other options will be discussed with you and your doctor.

For more information regarding fluoroscopy services, please call (260) 667-5136.