DIAGNOSTIC RADIOGRAPHY: FLOUROSCOPY
WHAT IS FLOUROSCOPY?
Fluoroscopy is a type of Diagnostic Radiography. This is an X-ray Procedure used where real-time examination of the patient’s body is required. A continuous or pulsed x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined to create a sequence of images, which are projected on a fluorescent screen or television-like monitor. This allows the body part and its motion to be seen in detail. Contrast materials are used to make organs in the body visible on the images. The contrast material clearly defines the area being examined by making it appear dark, or by electronically reversing the image contrast to white.
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures to evaluate specific areas of the body. Radiology Consultants performs the following Fluoroscopy Procedures:
Lower GI Series (Barium Enema)
Radiographic Procedure often referred to as a Barium Enema, is used to examine the colon and rectum. In order for this anatomy to show up on Radiographic Images, it must be filled with a contrast material called, “Barium.” The barium is introduced into the colon through a tube that is gently inserted into your rectum. In barium x-rays, fluoroscopy allows the doctor to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them. Read more about the specifics of this procedure HERE.
A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-Ray Examination of a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes that uses a special form of x-ray called Fluoroscopy and a contrast material. This procedure is used to determine the size, shape and location of your uterus and fallopian tubes. Procedure Duration: 45-60 minutes. This procedure evaluates the female reproductive tracts, specifically the Endometrial Canal (interior of the Uterus) and Fallopian Tubes. It is primarily used to evaluate patients with infertility, particularly in those patients with previous history of abdominal surgery, known episodes of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, prior Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancies and diagnosed Endometriosis. It is also indicated in women who have undergone reversal of Tubal Ligation. Read more about the specifics of this procedure HERE.
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
An Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an X-Ray Procedure that provides images of the kidneys, bladder, ureters and the urethra (urinary tract) allowing the Radiologic Physician to review their anatomy and function. An IVP Study uses a contrast material to enhance the x-ray images. The contrast material is injected into the patient’s system, and its progress through the Urinary Tract is then recorded on a series of quickly captured images. Read more about the specifics of this procedure HERE.
Small Bowel Follow Through
Small Bowel Follow Through is an X-Ray Examination of your stomach and small intestine. The procedure can detect ulcers, inflammation, flow patterns and other abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract. In order for the anatomy to show on Radiographic Images, the small bowel must be coated or filled with a contrast material called Barium. Barium is an element that is swallowed and appears white on x-ray images. Read more about the specifics of this procedure HERE.
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract; Barium Swallow
Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Radiography, also called an Upper GI Series or simply an Upper GI is an X-Ray Examination of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. The procedure can detect ulcers, tumors, inflammation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, as well as hiatal hernias. Images are produced using a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy. In order for the anatomy to show on Radiographic Images, the upper GI must be coated with a contrast material called Barium. Barium is an element that is swallowed and appears white on x-ray images. Read more about the specifics of this procedure HERE.
WHO INTERPRETS RESULTS AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE RESULTS OF THE TEST?
The Radiologic Physicians will forward your results to your referring Physician along with follow-up recommendations. Your Physician should contact you with the results.
WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?
Radiology Consultants will file all insurance as a courtesy to you. Depending on the Contractual Agreement with your Insurance Company, you may owe a co-payment and/or deductible at the time of service.
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Please notify the Radiologic Physician and/or Technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Radiation is potentially harmful to a developing baby during pregnancy.