Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses x-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient. As a tool, it can be used to examine the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory and muscular systems. At the QEHC, studies include Barium Swallows, Upper Gastrointestinal series, Small Bowel Studies, Barium Enemas, Chest and Skeletal Fluoroscopy, as well as Arthrography (study of a joint or joints). Fluoroscopy can be used to examine the digestive system using a substance which is opaque to X-rays which is introduced into the digestive system. Other exams may involve injection of a contrast substance.
Fluoroscopy Gastrointestinal exams: Fluoroscopy plays a critical role in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases. A contrast substance is introduced into the digestive system either by swallowing or as an enema. This allows the shape of the digestive tract to be outlined white or clear on the x-ray. Air may be then introduced which looks black on the x-ray. Fluoroscopy may be used for upper gastrointestinal series to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, or a barium enema to examine the colon.
Chest fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray procedure used to assess the motion and function of the lungs, diaphragm (the muscle most responsible for respiration that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity) and other structures of the respiratory tract. Chest fluoroscopy may be performed when a problem with the motion of the lungs, diaphragm, or other chest structures is suspected.
Fluoroscopy can be used to examine the movement of joints in the skeletal system. An arthrogram may be done by injecting a contrast medium into the joint so that the doctor can see the soft tissue structures, such as tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage. These structures cannot be seen on a general x-ray without contrast material. An arthrogram is used to check a joint to find out what is causing symptoms or problems with your joint. An arthrogram may be more useful than a regular x-ray because it shows the surface of soft tissues lining the joint as well as the joint bones.
Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your doctor's practices.
Generally, fluoroscopy follows this process:
Preparation will depend on the type of exam you will have.
Our staff will be happy to answer any questions and guide you through the preparation process.
Cost: Covered by RAMQ
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