Fluoroscopy is a technique used for obtaining "live" X-ray images of a patient.
The radiation passes through the patient to a TV monitor. This allows the radiologist to watch the patient in real-time as the test is being performed. Fluoroscopy is used to observe the esophagus (Barium Swallow), the stomach (Upper GI Series) and the colon (Barium Enema).
UPPER GASTROINTESTINAL SERIES (Upper GI)
During this examination we will be imaging the esophagus, your stomach, and the first part of your small intestine. The preparation that you go through is of vital importance to the outcome of your examination. You will be asked to fast from midnight the night before, until after the exam is complete. No water, gum, pills or smoking is allowed. At the beginning of the exam we will take one X-ray. You will then be asked to swallow some "easy gas crystals" followed by some barium. This enables us to see your stomach on X-rays. Immediately after, we will take three (3) additional films. These films will be developed and shown to the radiologist. Your examination will continue in the fluoro room that has a TV monitor and enables the radiologist to see the barium moving through your system.
The radiologist will take X-rays at this point. When he is finished the technologist will do several more films. Once the study is complete, and we are satisfied with the quality, you will be sent home. It is important that you take a mild laxative following the exam. Barium tends to constipate. A typewritten report will be sent to your physician.
This is a study of the colon (large intestine).
We normally schedule this exam in the morning because of the fasting required of you. The preparation for this exam is of vital importance to the outcome. The large intestine must be completely free of stool. If stool is present during the examination, it will be difficult for the radiologist to determine if your colon is normal. You will be given preparation instructions, either by your physician or by one of our staff members. At the beginning of the exam we will take one (1) X-ray. This will be developed and checked before the examination can continue. If the colon has any remaining stool in it, your exam will be rescheduled for another day. You will be given new preparation instructions. Once it has been determined that the exam can continue, you will be brought into another X-ray room. We will introduce barium into the colon by way of an enema. The radiologist and the technologist will be in the room to take X-rays of your colon. During the exam, you will be expected to retain the barium. As soon as the study is complete, the enema bag will be lowered and the barium will drain back into the bag. The technologist will assist you to the restroom. Once you have released the remaining barium, additional X-rays may be taken.
It is important that you take a mild laxative following this exam. Barium tends to constipate.