X-ray & Fluoroscopy
Your CT Exam
Common X-ray / Fluoroscopy Studies
- All body parts
- Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)
- Barium Enema
- Small Bowel Exam
- Upper GI Series
- Joint Injections
What are X-Ray and Fluoroscopy?
X-ray, also known as Radiography, is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is invisible and creates no sensation when it is passed through a patient’s body. It is the fastest and easiest way for a Radiologist to view images of bones. Routine x-rays include images of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, bone radiography and Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP).
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures, such as digestive functions, in a live, movie-like sequence. It is a safe and generally non-invasive procedure. Some fluoroscopy imaging studies offered at Desert Valley Radiology include Barium studies such as Upper and Lower GI and Barium Swallow, and Hysterosalpingogram.
Modern x-ray techniques use a small amount of required x-ray dose and have very tightly controlled x-ray beams. Special care is taken during x-ray examinations to ensure maximum safety for the patient. Women should always inform their physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
Preparing for X-Ray and Fluoroscopy
Generally, no preparation is required for general x-ray, although the patient may be asked to change into a gown to eliminate any interference with metal objects, such as buckles and zippers.
Preparation for fluoroscopy depends on the type of exam that is performed. The patient may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for 8 – 12 hours prior to the exam, or to cleanse the large intestine with a prep kit given to the patient by his or her physician or our staff.
Please contact our office for specific instructions relating to all fluoroscopy studies.
What should you expect?
Depending on the type of fluoroscopic exam, a patient will be positioned next to the x-ray equipment standing up and/or lying down. The patient may be be asked to switch positions during the exam. Contrast agents used during a fluoroscopy exam may be introduced to the body through injections, swallowing, or in select cases, an enema.
Once the fluoroscopy or x-ray study is complete, a patient may resume normal activity. Drinking fluids may be encouraged to help any contrast material move through the body.
How and when will you receive your results?
One of our Radiologists will interpret the images from your exam and report the findings to your physician. Your physician will discuss the results of the exam with you.
X-ray exams are performed at:
X-ray & Fluoroscopy exams are performed at:
To schedule an appointment, contact us.