Fluoroscopy

SJRA Imaging Services

What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is an x-ray procedure that allows direct observation of the movement of joints, organs, and entire body systems in real time.

During a fluoroscopy procedure, the patient is positioned so that the body part to be viewed is between an x-ray tube and a fluorescent screen. X-rays from the tube pass through the body and project the bones and organs as images on the screen. The image is transmitted to a computer monitor so the movement of a body part, or of a contrast agent through the body, can be visualized.

SJRA’s registered technologists have the benefit of the latest equipment, including digital radiography, to insure low dose, high quality x-rays.

Do NOT have anything to eat or drink three hours before your examination.

Pick up the following non-prescription medications from your local pharmacy:
  • Magnesium Citrate – One ten-ounce bottle
  • Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) – Four tablets (5 mgs. each)
  • Dulcolax (Bisacodyl) – One suppository
On the day before your procedure:
  • 8 AM: Have a clear liquid breakfast without milk products.  This meal may include clear broth or bullion, clear or strained fruit juices such as grape or apple juice, clear gelatin, black coffee or tea with sugar but without milk or milk products, non-carbonated beverages, orange, raspberry or lemon ice (no sherbet).  No milk products, fruits, or vegetables.
  • 12 Noon: Have a clear liquid lunch without milk products, using the same guidelines as breakfast.
  • 1 PM: Drink a full eight-ounce glass of water.  Repeat this hourly until bed time.
  • 4 PM: Drink the bottle of magnesium citrate; this can be chilled to make it easier to drink.  Also drink one eight-ounce glass of water.
  • 6 PM: Have a clear liquid supper, using the same guidelines as breakfast and lunch.
  • 8 PM: Take the four Ducolax tablets with eight ounces of water.  Do not chew the tablets. These tablets usually produce a bowel movement in six to twelve hours.
On the day of your procedure:

After removing the foil, insert the Ducolax (Bisacodyl) suppository rectally two hours prior to arriving at the Radiology Department.  While lying on your side with thigh elevated, insert the suppository into the rectum and gently push in as far as possible.  Try to keep the suppository in for 20 minutes, even if the urge for evacuation is strong.  Bowel evacuation usually occurs within 15 to 60 minutes. You may take your normal medications with a small amount of water. Nothing else should be taken by mouth.

Do not have anything to eat or drink one hour before your exam. (For Infants – Bring empty bottle or sippy cup to the appointment.)

No preparation is required.

  • AM appointment: Do NOT have anything to eat or drink after midnight the evening before your examination. If you need to take medication which cannot wait until after the examination is over (usually about mid-morning), take it with a tiny sip of water. If you are a diabetic and cannot fast, please let us know in advance of your examination.
  • PM appointment: You may have a light breakfast (no milk products) at 9 am the morning of your procedure.

If you are taking blood thinners, contact your doctor prior to the scheduling the exam to discuss any possible reactions. Do NOT have anything to eat or drink three hours before your examination.

Do NOT have anything to eat or drink after midnight the evening before your examination. If you need to take medication which cannot wait until after the examination is over (usually about mid-morning), take it with a tiny sip of water. If you are a diabetic and cannot fast, please let us know in advance of your examination.  This study may take several hours.

Do NOT have anything to eat or drink after midnight the evening before your examination. If you need to take medication which cannot wait until after the examination is over (usually about mid-morning), take it with a tiny sip of water. If you are a diabetic and cannot fast, please let us know in advance of your examination.  (For Infants – withhold the last feeding. This usually means no feeding three to four hours prior to the test. Bring empty bottle or sippy cup to the appointment.

Do NOT have anything to eat or drink after midnight the evening before your examination. If you need to take medication which cannot wait until after the examination is over (usually about mid-morning), take it with a tiny sip of water. If you are a diabetic and cannot fast, please let us know in advance of your examination.  This study may take several hours.

All of our centers are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.