• What is a fluoroscopy procedure?

      Fluoroscopy procedure

      Fluoroscopy converts x-rays into video images and is used to watch and guide the progress of the procedure. The video is produced by the x-ray machine and a detector that is suspended over a table on which the patient lies. Some of the specific fluoroscopic procedures we provide include Upper and Lower GI exams.

      What does a fluoroscopy show?

      The upper GI exam, (upper gastrointestinal tract radiography) is an X-ray exam of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of the small intestine).

      The lower GI exam, (lower gastrointestinal tract radiography, or barium enema) is an X-ray exam of the large intestine (colon) and sometimes the appendix.

      Both exams use a contrast medium known as barium, or in some cases gastrograffin, which enhance the body area of interest.

      A radiologist will be present during your exam to view the images as they are taken.

      What does a fluoroscopy show?

      The upper GI exam, (upper gastrointestinal tract radiography) is an X-ray exam of the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and duodenum (part of the small intestine).

      The lower GI exam, (lower gastrointestinal tract radiography, or barium enema) is an X-ray exam of the large intestine (colon) and sometimes the appendix.

      Both exams use a contrast medium known as barium, or in some cases gastrograffin, which enhance the body area of interest.

      A radiologist will be present during your exam to view the images as they are taken.

      When should I not have a fluoroscopy procedure?

      Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. Your doctor may decide whether to postpone the exam or use an alternative exam to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.

    • How do I prepare?

      What should I do before I arrive?

      For upper GI exams – The night before your exam, do not eat or drink anything after 10:00 p.m. Refrain also from smoking or chewing gum prior to your exam.

      For lower GI exams – The day before your exam, closely follow the EZ-EM prep package instructions provided by your doctor. The EZ-EM prep package is a liquid diet and laxative to clean your bowel to prevent obscuring or mimicking of abnormalities.

    • What can I expect?

      What happens during the fluoroscopy procedure?

      Upper GI Exam

      The exam is painless and typically takes between 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

      You will be given a liquid contrast medium to drink during the exam. The contrast medium is a flavored mixture of barium sulfate and water. In addition, you may be given effervescent crystals with the contrast medium to further improve the images.

      You will be asked to stand upright and as well as lie down during the exam.

      The radiologist will guide you on how much and when to drink the contrast medium while he or she observes the flow of liquid through your esophagus to your stomach.

      In some cases, diagnostic imaging (X-rays) will accompany the exam if requested by the radiologist. This will take only a few extra minutes.

      Lower GI Exam

      The lower GI exam typically takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

      The exam is an enema and is generally not painful but some discomfort may be experienced. You will experience a feeling of fullness; need to go to the bathroom and/or some cramping. It is important that you hold the contrast liquid in until the technologist has completed the exam.

      You will be asked to undress for the exam and will be given a hospital gown to wear.

      You will lie on an X-ray table on your left side.

      To begin, the technologist will capture an initial x-ray image or scout film to make sure you are properly prepped. This image will be reviewed by the radiologist in order to begin the exam.

      The technologist will then insert an enema tip into your rectum to administer the contrast medium, or barium. Barium is a water-like substance and is not absorbed by your body.

      The radiologist will come into the room to perform the examination and will monitor a video screen as your bowel fills with the barium. The radiologist will take some X-rays and leave the room as the technologist will take additional X-rays with an overhead camera.

      Once the technologist confirms that all images are satisfactory you will be allowed to go to the restroom. After using the restroom, the technologist will capture a few more images to observe your bowel emptying the barium.

    • Results

      When will the results be available?

      Results are available within 24 - 48 hours.

      How do I get the results?

      Once the exam is complete, a physician will review the study and dictate a report. This report will be sent to the doctor who ordered your study. We recommend that you call and schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss the results.

    • How do I schedule a fluoroscopy procedure?

      Scheduling a fluoroscopy

      Typically, the healthcare provider calls, faxes or submits an online request for the fluoroscopy exam. Then we call you to confirm your appointment date and time. However, if your healthcare provider asks you to schedule your exam, simply call 1-833-Get-A-MRI or visit our Request an Appointment page. We will make sure the exam is timely and convenient and that it meets any special requirements of your insurance carrier and healthcare provider.

      When you call, we will need to know which exam your healthcare provider ordered and why. We will also ask you for your insurance information. You will need to pay any co-pay or deductible at the time of the exam. We conveniently file your claim with your insurance provider.

    • We make it easy

      Delivering the most remarkable patient experience

      Most of our facilities offer same-day (insurance permitting), evening and weekend appointments. Prior to your appointment, we will give you the estimated total cost, what you will owe at the time of service, and payment options. We will also fax reports and provide images to your healthcare provider.

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