What is a Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object. In its primary application of medical imaging, a fluoroscope allows a physician to see the internal structure and function of a patient, so that the pumping action of the heart or the motion of swallowing, for example, can be watched. It is often used in conjunction with arthrogram procedures.
What should I expect?
You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that might interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined. The area to be examined will be placed under the view of a specialized X-Ray machine, that will produce a live image of your body. You may be asked to turn in different directions or to swallow a tracer dye solution, depending on the type of exam being performed. It is very important that you do not reposition yourself during the process; the technologist will instruct you as to when moving is permissible. The procedure itself is painless, although if obtaining the correct views puts strain on the body part to be imaged, there may be brief moments of discomfort. Your Fluoroscopy exam will be performed as quickly and painlessly as possible.
What can I do to prepare?
You may be asked to change clothes or remove your electronics and other objects from your pockets, depending on the body part to be examined. Zippers, snaps, cell phones, coins, etc., will “over-shadow” the area of interest if they are present, so removing those items is in your best interest for an accurate exam.