Fluoroscopy is one of the oldest and broadest areas of diagnostic radiology. In fluoroscopic studies, an x-ray imaging unit is used that can both take images and produce an image that can be seen on a TV screen in real time. The following exams are performed under fluoroscopy:
- UGI Series & Small Bowel Series– upper gastrointestional exam
- Barium Enema – lower gastrointestional exam
- IVP – Intravenous pyelograms – urinary tract exam
- Nerve root or steroid injections – of back or joints
In these studies, a safe dense element, either barium or iodine, is used to block x-rays while taking the pictures.
Your doctor will receive the results 24 to 48 hours after the test is completed. He should contact you to go over the results of your exam.
Your doctor will inform you of the important preparation necessary for this exam. You can also call the Imaging Center where your study will be performed, and a technologist will advise you of the proper steps toward a successful exam.
Since the tests use x-rays, the technologist will ask females of childbearing age whether there is any chance they are pregnant.
Be sure to tell your doctor and imaging center staff about any possible allergies to iodine or x-ray contrast prior to scheduling the procedure.
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