With the aid of a contrast agent, fluoroscopy enables an X-ray technologist to capture an image of an internal body organ while it is functioning. This contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen.
Fluoroscopy is used to screen for ulcers, benign tumors (polyps, for example), cancer, or signs of certain other intestinal illnesses.
• Barium Swallow
• Upper GI
• Lower GI (Barium Enema)
• Small Bowel Follow Through
• Preparation varies depending on the type of test given: Lower and upper GI or intravenous pyelogram (IVP). Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your exam.
• You should inform your doctor about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, as well as any allergies you might have to medications.
• Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
• Fluoroscopy is generally painless.
• Depending on the type of fluoroscopic test you undergo, in general you will be asked to lie or stand between the X-ray machine and a fluorescent screen after putting on a gown.
• An X-ray scanner produces fluoroscopic images of the body part being examined.
• You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture different views.