Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging in which series of x rays are taken to develop a continuous series of pictures which are displayed on a monitor to study the structure and function of various organs in the body. An instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) is used and X rays are used to monitor the movement of this instrument or contrast agent through the body.
Fluoroscopy is used in a wide variety of examinations and procedures to diagnose or treat patients. Some examples are:
- Barium X-rays and enemas (to view the gastrointestinal tract)
- Catheter insertion and manipulation (to direct the movement of a catheter through blood vessels, bile ducts or the urinary system)
- Placement of devices within the body, such as stents (to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels)
- Angiograms (to visualize blood vessels and organs)
- Orthopedic surgery (to guide joint replacements and treatment of fractures)
- Intravenous pyelogram ( to visualize kidney and urinary system for calculi or other structural and functional abnormality)
You may be asked to Not Eat or Drink after midnight prior to your exam. Kindly discuss with the radiologist about the current medications you are on. You may be instructed to stop certain medications prior to the exam. You may also be asked to not take your regular morning medications, you should bring them with you to your exam and your technologist will inform you when to take medication after your exam has been completed.
You may be asked to change into a patient gown for your exam. We follow the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle while carrying out fluoroscopy procedures to ensure minimum required exposure of patients to the radiations. Information about pregnancy or possible pregnancy should be informed to the radiologist before undergoing the fluoroscopy test.
For any further information on fluoroscopy examination or appointment at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH), please call us at +91-20-30717686.