X-ray and Fluoroscopy

What is X-Ray Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses a continuous X-Ray beam to evaluate your body and its organs. It is often called an X-ray movie because the images are sent to a monitor allowing your doctor to see detailed motion of body parts in real-time. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-Ray beam is passed through the body. Often, fluoroscopy procedures require the use of a contrast agent, such as oral or rectal barium or IV contrast to help detect disease, abnormalities and diagnose symptoms such as pain. Fluoroscopy is a great option for some patients as it can provide enough information to avoid more invasive procedures.

Doctor using tablet against medical interface on xray

How is it Performed?

Fluoroscopic exams are performed by examining the area of concern under the fluoroscope or X-Ray tube. You'll lay down on an X-ray table and may be given an oral contrast that is then tracked through the intestines. Injectable contrast can also be given by injecting the contrast into a joint such as your shoulder. Sometimes contrast can be placed into the bladder via a catheter to evaluate for a leak in the urinary system.

Preparing for Your X-Ray or Fluoroscopy

  • You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to register for your Fluoroscopy exam. A typical procedure averages between 15 to 45 minutes depending on the information your doctor needs.
  • You do not need a scheduled appointment for a general X-Ray.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change as you may need asked to wear a gown for the procedure.
  • You may need to remove personal items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, key, phones and other objects that may interfere with the test.
  • Results are normally sent to your physician between 24-48 hours.

Here are some of the X-Ray and Fluoroscopy services we offer:

  • Arthrogram
  • General X-Ray
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Lower GI
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Myelogram
  • Small Bowel
  • Upper GI

Download X-Ray Bowel Prep Instructions
Download Arthrogram/Joint Injection Instructions

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Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.