Screening / Fluoroscopy

What Is Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy (sometimes called screening) is a type of advanced imaging that allows us to view the inside of the body while it is in motion. The image is similar to that of an x-ray but instead of viewing a single still image, many images are produced by fluoroscopy to capture motion in real time. Essentially, this produces an x-ray movie that we can watch and replay. This moving image is helpful to view both the structure and function of organs to identify abnormalities that may not be apparent on a traditional x-ray that shows a single snapshot in time.

Why Do I Need A Fluoroscopy Procedure?

Fluoroscopy is used in a variety of different procedures where the internal function of a structure in your body needs to be assessed. Fluoroscopy is commonly used to assess the function of your swallowing and digestion.

Booking Your Appointment and Preparation

Fluoroscopy procedures will normally require a booking to be made in order to ensure the procedure can be performed.

Preparation for a Fluoroscopy procedure varies significant depending on what part of the body is under assessment. Normally these procedures will require you to fast for a period prior to the examination. Details of the preparation will be advised when you make your appointment.

What To Expect On The Day

In order to ensure the acquisition of clear images you may be asked to change into a gown on the day of your procedure.

Depending on the part of the body being imaged, you may be asked to lie on a table, sit, or stand while the images are taken.

Some Fluoroscopy procedures require the use of a “contrast medium” that is either injected or taken orally in order to allow the doctor to see inside gastrointestinal system or the urinary tract.

The exam usually takes 20 - 45 minutes to complete.