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Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient.
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, 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. Examples of other exams include:
Fluoroscopy gastrointestinal exam
Fluoroscopy plays a critical role in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal diseases. A contrast substance is introduced into the digestive system by swallowing. 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.
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 the 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. This exam is followed by an MRI.
The QEHC’s team of leading radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures, ensuring that examination are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
Patients benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to their referring physician.
What to expect
Procedures may vary depending on the patient’s condition and their doctor's practices.
Generally, fluoroscopy follows this process:
- Patients will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined.
- If are asked to remove clothing, patients will be given a gown to wear.
- A contrast substance may be given, depending on the type of procedure that is being performed, which may be administered by mouth, or an injection.
- The patient will be positioned on the X-ray table.
- Depending on the type of procedure, patients may be asked to assume different positions, move a specific body part, or hold their breath at intervals while the fluoroscopy is being performed.
How to prepare
Preparation will depend on the type of exam required. The QEHC’s staff will be happy to answer any questions and guide patients through the preparation process. Please contact (514) 485-5115 or email email@example.com with any questions.