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Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a non-invasive imaging tool that allows detailed examination of organs and their movement. The procedure uses X-rays to produce real-time video images. During the procedure, X-rays are passed through the body part being examined. After the X-rays pass through the patient, instead of using film, they are captured by a device called an image intensifier and converted into light. The light is then captured by a camera and displayed on a monitor for review by a radiologist. Fluoroscopy may be performed in conjunction with the administration of a contrast agent, which may be given orally (upper GI), rectally (barium enema), intra-articularly (arthrography), or intra-uterinely (HSG).

Exam Preparations for Outpatients over the Age of 16

Upper GI or Small Bowel Exams
Do not eat, drink or smoke after 9:00 pm the evening before or the morning of the exam.

Barium Enema Study
Begin a clear liquid diet 24 hours before the study.
At 5:00 pm the evening before the study, drink a 10oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate.
At 10:00 pm take 4 Dulcolax tablets.
Do not eat or drink after midnight or morning of the study.

IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram)
Begin a clear liquid diet 24 hours before the study.
At 5:00 pm the evening before the study, drink a 10oz. bottle of Magnesium Citrate.
Do not eat or drink after midnight or the morning before the study.
Individuals with renal/kidney disease and those 60 or more years of age who are scheduled for a contrast injection may need BUN and Creatinine lab work two weeks prior to the study. Please check with your physician.

During the Exam

The technologist will explain the procedure and ask you questions about your medical condition. You will lie on an X-ray table and move in several different positions to obtain all of necessary information.

LOCATIONS
This service is provided at Chester County Hospital.

Last Updated: 12/3/2014