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.
What Can A Fluoroscopy Detect?
A fluoroscopy can be used to study a few different areas of the human body in real time. Fluoroscopy studies can be used for either diagnostic or as a visual aid during certain procedures. A diagnostic fluoroscopy may be utilized during gastric imaging studies such as a barium swallow or enema. A fluoroscopy may be used during diagnostic procedures involving the back, heart, reproductive organs, and other areas of the body.
During procedures, fluoroscopies help guide specialty surgeons through areas of the body that need patching up. Some common procedures where fluoroscopies are used as an aid are catheter insertion, stent placements, and orthopedic reconstruction.
How Do I Prepare For A Fluoroscopy?
The preparation required for a fluoroscopy will be give to you by your referring physician or our team of experts at SJRA. Preparation depends on the type of study being performed. Many studies don't require any type of preparation while others require a form of fasting (no food or drinks other than water). Referring physicians may consult with you regarding certain medication that need to be put on hold before your appointment. If you have any questions regarding fluoroscopy preparation, reach out to your referring physician or our staff here.