Fluoroscopy is a technique for obtaining “live action” X-rays, similar to an X-ray movie. Barium or iodine is used as a contrast material that shows up on x-rays and is either injected or swallowed during fluoroscopy to outline blood vessels or organs. The continuous beam of x-rays is used to evaluate structures and movement within the body, such as blood traveling through a blood vessel, the diaphragm moving up and down, or food moving through the urinary and digestive tract. It can also be used to help a radiologist locate a foreign object in the body, position a catheter or needle for a procedure, or to re-align a broken bone.
Some fluoroscopy procedures may use a contrast dye which allows medical provider to see specific organ(s). You will be asked to either drink the dye or you will receive it in an intravenous (IV) line in your hand or arm.
Make sure to let your radiologist know if:
You will be positioned on the procedure table and depending on the type of procedure, you may be asked to get in different positions, move a specific body part, or hold your breath at intervals while the fluoroscopy is being performed.
There are no limitations after your fluoroscopy Exam. You may drink or eat immediately following your exam.
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