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A Better Fluoroscopy Experience

Convenience is important so we offer joint procedures, using fluoroscopy, at our center so patients can choose an appointment that works best for them.

What is a Fluoroscopy Exam?

Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures—similar to an X-ray “movie.” A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

What you should know

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Some joints, such as the hip and shoulder, are complex structures making accurate diagnoses more difficult. To better visualize the entire joint structure, your doctor may order an “arthrogram” with an MRI or CT to follow. The arthrogram uses live-action X-ray to inject contrast dye directly into the joint. The injection is performed by a radiologist under a local anesthetic. The injection may be slightly painful and you may feel pressure in the joint as the injection is performed. The radiologist and technologist will take steps to make you comfortable. The MRI or CT will be performed directly after the arthrogram is performed so the injected dye will be visible providing more clarity to the structures in the joint.

  • To insure the body part being studied is accessible, you will be asked to change into a gown.
  • Arthrograms exams typically take about 30. Arthrograms are followed by an MRI or CT exam which will take an additional 15-30 minutes.
  • The area to be injected is cleansed with antiseptic, and a sterile drape is placed around the injection site. Using a small needle, your doctor will inject local anesthetic first.
  • Once the area is numb, a larger needle will be used to inject the contrast material. In some cases, joint fluid is removed with a needle prior to injection.
  • The radiologist will visualize the joint to confirm that the contrast material is within the joint.
  • You may have soreness, swelling, or a feeling of fullness around your joint after the procedure. Do not overuse or stress the joint directly for a few days after the arthrogram, and use ice application to help with any swelling or discomfort.

Barium swallow and Upper GI

  • For the procedure, you'll be asked to stand or sit in front of an x-ray machine and drink barium, which coats the lining of your upper GI tract.
  • You will then lie on the x-ray table, and the radiologist will watch the barium move through your GI tract on the x-ray and fluoroscopy

Barium enema

  • You will be asked change into a gown and lie on an x-ray table. There is no anesthesia given for this exam.
  • A well-lubricated enema tube is gently inserted into the rectum. Barium is injected through this tube into the colon and rectum. A small balloon at the end of the tube is inflated to keep the barium inside. X-rays are taken.
  • You will hold your breath when x-ray pictures are taken.
  • You will be asked to change positions on the table and the table will be tilted to different positions.
  • After x-rays are taken, the enema tube is removed and you will be shown to the bathroom to eliminate the barium fluid.
  • You will likely feel some mild to moderate abdominal cramping

Outpatient Diagnostic Center understands that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.

A Barium swallow exam is a special type of imaging test that uses barium and X-rays to create images of your upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Your upper GI tract includes the back of your mouth and throat (pharynx) and your esophagus. Barium is used during a swallowing test to make certain areas of the body show up more clearly on an X-ray. The radiologist will be able to see size and shape of the pharynx and esophagus. These details might not be seen on a standard X-rays.

An upper gastrointestinal series (UGI) is a radiographic (X-ray) examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine) are made visible on X-ray film by a liquid suspension. This liquid is suspension may be barium or water soluble contrast. The radiologist will take pictures while the liquid moves throughout the GI tract.

A small bowel series is an X-ray examination of the small intestine that uses a special from of X-ray called fluoroscopy and an orally ingested contrast material called barium. Fluoroscopy makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. When the small bowel is coated with barium, the radiologist can view and assess the anatomy and function of it. In the small bowel series, X-rays are taken at timed increments, to see the barium as it moves through the small bowel.

A myelogram is a diagnostic imaging test performed by a radiologist. It uses a contrast dye and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to look for problems in the spinal canal. Problems can develop in the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues.

Prep for your exam

If you have an appointment scheduled, please click here to pre-register, complete forms and review exam preparation instructions. If you have any questions about your visit, please contact us at 865.525.7100.