Your Owensboro Health doctor may recommend Fluoroscopy—a sophisticated exam using real-time X-Ray images—to help diagnose your condition.
What Is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy provides moving X-Ray images that show up on a monitor and allow your doctor to see inside your body. The technology is particularly helpful in diagnosing blockages or other conditions in the gastrointestinal tract.
Sometimes, your doctor may use a substance that increases the X-Ray visibility of certain parts of your gastrointestinal tract. You’ll receive this solution, called barium sulfate, orally or via an enema for a lower GI exam, upper GI test or barium swallow.
How To Prepare For Fluoroscopy
Your doctor’s office will provide preparation instructions for your specific test when you schedule the exam. Follow the instructions to ensure accurate test results.
Some preparation activities could include:
- Fasting starting at midnight the day of your exam
- Avoidance of solid foods one to two days prior to your test
- Consuming only clear liquids 12–24 hours before the procedure
- Ingestion of a mild laxative
If you have questions about preparations, call our 24-hour health information line at 855-417-8555.
What To Expect During Fluoroscopy
The technologist who administers your test may ask you to move into several positions during the procedure so your doctor can examine images of your body from different angles. Rest assured, we’ll help you stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible throughout the experience.
The test could take anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on your symptoms or condition. After your test, rest for a few hours before returning to your normal routine.