Fluoroscopy

What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is used to observe certain body structures at work. X-rays passing through the body are observed on a TV monitor.

What is a contrast medium?

Contrast is a special substance – usually air, barium sulfate and organic iodine compounds – that is used to highlight tissues and organs that would not otherwise be visible. If it is necessary for your CT, you could be asked to swallow contrast, or you could receive it by injection, enema or through an IV line. Some patients can experience flushing, nausea, a headache or a salty metallic taste after receiving contrast. And itchiness or shortness of breath may indicate an allergic reaction, so please report these symptoms right away.

How long do fluoroscopy studies take?

Depending on the purpose, fluoroscopy studies can take from as little as 30 minutes to as long as one to three hours.

Is Fluoroscopy an invasive exam?

No.

What are the side effects of the gastro prep?

Side effects may include loose stools or diarrhea. Laxatives are not needed.

What are some common fluoroscopy studies?

– Barium Enema (Lower Gastrointestinal Series or Lower GI)—Examines the large intestine or colon – Esophagram and Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI)—Examines the esophagus, stomach and first portion of the bowel – Small Intestines (Small Bowel Series)—Examines the small intestines – Fertility (Hysterosalpingography or HSG)—Examines the uterus and fallopian tubes

Where can I get the fleet kits?

We provide fleet kit #3 at all of our facilities which perform fluoroscopy.

Is a barium enema the same thing as a colonoscopy?

No. A colonoscopy is a procedure where sedation is required. A scope is utilized to directly visualize the colon while dilating the bowel with air. A barium enema is an x-ray test in which a white liquid called barium is placed into the rectum and colon through the anus to enhance the visualization of the large bowel (colon) without the need for sedation. Barium or a combination of barium and air is utilized to study the colon. The radiologist and your referring clinician will determine whether a single or double contrast study will be performed depending on your condition and clinical scenario.

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