Fluroscopy is similar to an X-ray “movie”. This procedure allows physicians to look at many body systems including the skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive systems. Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, muscles, and joints, as well as solid organs, such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.
Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used in conjunction with other diagnostic or therapeutic media or procedures.
When you arrive for your exam, your history and information will be reviewed, and you’ll have a chance to ask any questions you might have.
You will be made comfortable in a private room, and may be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined. If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
Depending on the type of fluroscopy procedure you will be receiving, a contrast substance may be given. The radiologist will position you on the X-ray table and you may be asked to assume different positions, move specific body parts, or even hold your breath at intervals.
For procedures that require catheter insertion, such as cardiac catheterization or catheter placement into a joint or other body part, an additional line insertion site may be used.
In the case of arthrography (visualization of a joint), any fluid in the joint may be aspirated (withdrawn with a needle) prior to the injection of the contrast substance. After the contrast is injected, you may be asked to move the joint for a few minutes in order to evenly distribute the contrast substance throughout the joint.
The length of the procedure is determined by the type of procedure and body part that is being examined. Once the procedure is complete, the IV line will be removed.
Our radiologist will take all comfort measures possible, which could include local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the particular procedure.