Fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray which makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. Fluoroscopy uses a continuous or pulsed x-ray beam to create a sequence of images that are projected onto a fluorescent screen, or television-like monitor. When used with a contrast material, which clearly defines the area being examined by making it appear bright white, this special x-ray technique makes it possible for the physician to view internal organs in motion. Still images are also captured and stored digitally.
Our Machines & Technologists
Our x-ray machines are “digital”, meaning that we use computers to improve the quality of the images, and at the same time using a lower x-ray dose. Our knowledgeable, professional technologists will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam.
What to expect
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for this procedure. You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to barium or iodinated contrast materials. Also inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
On the day before the procedure you will likely be asked not to eat, and to drink only clear liquids like juice, tea, black coffee, cola or broth, and to avoid dairy products. After midnight, you should not eat or drink anything. You may also be instructed to take a laxative (in either pill or liquid form) and to use an over-the-counter enema preparation the night before the examination and possibly a few hours before the procedure. Just follow your doctor’s instructions. You can take your usual prescribed oral medications with limited amounts of water. You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, dentures, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
Infants and children may undergo lower GI radiography. Usually, there is no special preparation, but your doctor will give you detailed instructions to prepare your child for the examination. The use of barium and the taking of x-ray images is similar to that described for adults.
Your physician will receive a full detailed, written report from one of our highly trained Radiologists within one day of your exam. Additionally, we will provide you with a copy of your exam results on a CD, in case you would like to bring it with you on your return visit to your doctor.
Fluoroscopy – Quick Reference Guides (links)
All our Fluoroscopy quick reference guides can be found in our Form & Brochure section in PDF format.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.