Fluoroscopy

These procedures are offered at all three hospitals locations.  The procedures require an examination by the radiologist with a fluoroscope, a “live” x-ray which allows observation of portions of the body which may not be satisfactorily evaluated by static or plain x-rays.

Common procedures include upper gastrointestinal series (UGI) for the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, or barium enema (BE) for the colon.

Myelograms are performed by injecting a water soluble fluid into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the spine and taking x-rays.  Arthrograms for the wrists, shoulders, knees, ankles, and elbows require fluoroscopy to guide contrast injection into the joints.

Hysterosalpingograms (HSG) evaluate the female reproductive tract and require fluoroscopic observation for optimal performance and safety.

Preparation

UGI and BE require restricting intake of fluids and food beginning at midnight prior to the exam. Check with the department performing the exam for other preparation for BE the evening prior to the exam.

If both UGI and BE have been requested, performing the BE first, then the UGI 48 hours later is recommended for the best exams.

Arthrograms and HSG require no preparation, although HSG should be performed 10 days or less following the first day of the last menstrual period.

Last updated June 15, 2011