Fluoroscopy exams are done at our Squalicum Parkway location.
To schedule your exam, please call: 360.647.2422.
What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is an imaging system which allows a radiologist to take a look inside the human body using “real-time” x-rays. The fluoroscopy unit uses an xray machine and television monitor to allow a radiologist to see your images in motion. These images can help your physician diagnose your condition and formulate the appropriate treatment plan. Fluoroscopy is used to image organ function as well as abnormal tissues in the body.
Fluoroscopy is used to diagnose the following conditions:
- Stomach and intestinal function
- Esophagus function
- Diverticulitis and polyps in the colon
- Abnormal colon movement
- Dilation of the colon
Fluoroscopy is also used for guidance during joint injections (arthrograms)
What is a barium swallow?
A barium swallow is an examination of the esophagus using a video x-ray machine to watch barium coat the walls of the upper digestive tract. Barium swallows are used to identify any abnormalities such as tumors, ulcers, hernias, pouches, strictures, and swallowing difficulties.
What is a barium enema?
A barium enema is a video x-ray examination of your colon/large intestine. This test is ordered to evaluate inflammatory problems in your colon such as diverticulosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and others.
What is an Upper GI?
A study of your upper gastro-intestinal tract (the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum) is called an “Upper GI” series; using the video x-ray machine and barium, the radiologist is able to show these structures and any abnormalities such as hiatal hernias, strictures or narrowing of the esophagus, and other conditions which may cause stomach pain, digestive problems, or reflux.
What is a VCUG?
A voiding cystoyurethrogram (VCUG) is a study of the urethra, a small “tube” that passes urine from your bladder to the outside when you urinate. This test is ordered to help your physician determine how your urethra is functioning. It is often ordered in patients with recurring urinary tract infections.
What is an IVP?
IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram) is often a combination of fluoroscopy and CT scanning to look at your kidneys and the structures such as the ureters and bladder which help drain the kidneys. This test is often done because of blood in the urine, pain in the back, and for people who have recurrent bladder or kidney infections. An IVP can show the size, shape, and position of the urinary tract, and it can evaluate the collecting system inside the kidneys.
You will be given specific preparation instructions prior to your examination. Often you will be instructed to pick up a preparation kit at our office.
If you were required to drink barium or have an injection of iodine-based contrast, you will be instructed to drink plenty of fluids during the day after your examination.
One of our board-certified radiologists will later interpret the images and prepare a written report for your physician. Our goal is for all reports to be available within 24 hours. If your appointment with your physician is sooner than 24 hours, let us know and our reports can be faxed or called in.