Fluoroscopy utilizes continuous beam of x-rays which are passed through the body part to follow a contrast agent or dye and produce still images or video. The contrast agent is sometimes injected using a catheter into the body part or swallowed through the mouth. Fluoroscopy is done for diagnostic purposes but may also be used in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures. Fluoroscopy is a valuable imaging tool in visualizing body systems including skeletal system, digestive system, urinary system, respiratory system and reproductive system.
Gastrointestinal series utilize x-rays to examine the structures of the gastrointestinal tract mainly esophagus, stomach and duodenum. Fluoroscopy is often used in the is type of imaging. This imaging technique generally use barium, which is a contrast agent with a white chalky appearance. Upon swallowing, the barium drink coats the inside walls of the gastrointestinal tract structures so that various characteristics of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum can be visualized. A gastrointestinal series can help detect tumors, ulcers, hernias, diverticula, strictures, inflammation, and swallowing difficulties.
Small bowel follow-through is a noninvasive procedure that utilizes fluoroscopy to visualize portions of small intestine and stomach. The patient will be asked to drink a liquid containing barium which is a contrast agent that enhance the images. The radiologist will use the x-ray machine to look for any abnormalities as the contrast moves from the stomach into the small intestine. This examination can be used to diagnose obstruction, cancer, polyp, bowel disease and other abnormalities.
Preparation: Nothing to eat or drink including water after midnight, the night before the exam. If the exam is scheduled in the afternoon, nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.
Hysterosalpingogram is a common diagnostic procedure for patients having difficulty conceiving. It utilizes x-rays to visualize the inside of uterus and fallopian tubes to detect any blockages or abnormalities after a contrast agent or dye is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes. The radiologist can visualize the movement of the dye through the uterus and fallopian tubes using a fluoroscope and still images are also taken after the dye fills up the structures. This helps in determining the condition of uterus and fallopian tubes. A pelvic examination is usually done prior to HSG on the same day.
Preparation: (Need to get this section approved) Your physician may prescribe antibiotics to be taken the night before the exam and over the counter pain medications.
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