Fluoroscopy

These images enable a radiologist to examine and monitor how organs and blood vessels are functioning. As these are often not easily visualised with x-rays alone, barium or iodine-based contrast medium (dye) is often used.

A fluoroscope also allows a radiologist to accurately position catheters, wires and needles for a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including intravenous line insertions.

How should I prepare for a fluoroscopy?

Most fluoroscopy procedures require preparation, such as fasting or bowel preparation. When you schedule your appointment, our reception staff will advise you of any requirements or special instructions.

It is essential you inform us at the time if you are pregnant, suffering from any serious health conditions, take any medications, or have previously experienced an allergic reaction to contrast solution or iodine.

Please bring any previous x-ray reports with you to your appointment.

On the day of your appointment

Epworth Medical Imaging's friendly staff will greet you on arrival, before a radiographer collects you from reception. You will be asked to change into a gown and to remove any clothing or belts with metal before being taken to the fluoroscopy room.

In most cases, both a radiologist and radiographer will perform this examination. Sometimes a nurse will assist. You will be asked to lie on a table under the fluoroscope, which may be tilted so that you are standing. The fluoroscope will be moved over the areas of your body that are being examined.

A contrast medium (dye) will be swallowed or injected to help the radiologist to visualise your internal organs and depending on the procedure, a catheter or tube may be inserted. On occasions where the procedure is likely to be uncomfortable, sedation or local anaesthetic may be required.

How long will a fluoroscopy examination take?

Fluoroscopy examinations can take between 10 minutes and several hours, depending on the complexity of the case. You will be given a time estimate when you book your appointment. For most procedures, you will be able to resume normal activities immediately, however, for some procedures, you will be asked to reduce physical activity or temporarily adjust your diet. You may also need to organise transport after the procedure. Some examinations require recovery under nursing observation or occasionally, overnight admission. These requirements will be advised when you book your appointment.

Results

After your fluoroscopy examination, the radiologist's report and images will be sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss your results.