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Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is an x-ray technique that, in conjunction with oral and IV contrast, helps diagnose problems with the bowel, kidneys, gallbladder, stomach, upper GI and joints. This technique uses small amounts of x-ray.

Procedures and preparation:

Barium Swallow – No special preparation.

Upper GI Series – Patient must be NPO at least six hours before this exam, preferably after midnight.

Barium Enema – Follow the 24-hour bowel prep in fleet #2. In addition, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.

Barium Enema with air contrast – Follow 48-hour bowel prep in fleet #2. In addition, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.

IVP – Follow the 24-hour prep in the bowel prep fleet #2. In addition, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam.

If you think you may be pregnant, please inform your physician or the technologist before your exam.

If you have a known contrast allergy, please contact your physician or the imaging location where you are having your exam as soon as possible.

Post-exam instructions:

You can resume normal activities right away. If you have ingested barium, please drink more water than usual. Water will help relieve any constipation you may have after this exam. Additionally, if you have had barium with your exam, your stool may appear white or light for a day or two. If you have received an injection with your exam, your body will naturally pass it in a day. If you are having post-exam problems please contact our department or your physician.

Length of procedure:

15-60 minutes

Results turn-around time:

A radiologist will interpret your exam and transcribed report will be available to the ordering physician within 24 hours.

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