Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth appointment.

Prepare for Your Appointment

Fluoroscopic imaging is painless. Before the imaging you will need to remove any jewelry or clothing that is in the area being scanned. For GI studies, you will usually need to drink barium, or have a barium enema. The barium provides the contrast needed to produce a clear image that can detect polyps and other abnormalities or obstructions.

Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby. Though MRI does not use ionizing radiation, women should still inform their physician and technologist if they may be pregnant.

What to Expect

You will then lie on a table or stand depending on the purpose and area being imaged. The camera will be moved to a position above or in front of you in order to get the proper angle for the images. The procedure will take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour depending on the purpose of the imaging. For example, fluoroscopy is often used in interventional radiology to aid the positioning of a needle for a biopsy or other procedure.

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