Fluoroscopy is a radiographic procedure that uses x-rays to produce a real time diagnostic study. This allows the radiologist to watch the passage of x-ray contrast as it travels through the body. The most commonly performed examinations in our department include micturating cystourethrograms (MCU), Urodynamics, Hystersalpinograms (HSG) and barium studies including enemas and swallows.
The patient will be required to lie on or stand against a table, with a c-shaped camera around them; one end sitting directly above the patient and the other under the table.
Some fluoroscopy examinations do not require any preparation. Preparation is sometimes necessary depending on which examination your doctor has requested.
Oral contrast is sometimes given to the patient at the time of the examination, allowing the radiologist to take pictures as the contrast is swallowed or introduced. Examinations that look at the bowel usually require some preparation. The preparation will be mailed to you with specific instructions attached.
The exact preparation required for your examination will be explained to you at the time of the booking. If you are unsure or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the department prior to the examination.
This will depend upon the specific requirements of the Radiologist performing the examination.
The patient will be asked to lie still on the table as the camera is moved close to the area being examined without actually touching them. When the pictures are being taken the camera may be moved around to follow the contrast media.
The most important thing that patients need to remember when they are having a fluoroscopy procedure is that it is necessary for them to keep very still. Any movement while the images are being taken will cause blurriness, and the pictures will need to be repeated.
A Radiologist looks at the pictures and sends a report to your doctor.
The radiologist, radiographer or nurse will let you know when you can leave.
After the test your can eat and drink normally, unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Any questions should be directed to the Radiology staff performing the procedure.
The radiologist will review the pictures and send a report to your doctor. If there is a serious problem that requires treatment your doctor will be notified before you leave the department.
The results will be available at the next outpatient clinic appointment or with your GP depending on who referred you to the department. In some cases, the requesting doctor will ask you to return immediately after the examination to see them. They will contact the radiologist at the time in order to get a result.