What should I know about Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a type of x-ray imaging. It allows physicians to view real-time (movie-like) images of your internal structures. Because fluoroscopy involves the use of x-rays, ionizing radiation, all fluoroscopic procedures pose some health risks. If you are pregnant, you should discuss these risks with your physician before having this procedure.

What should I know about Fluoroscopic X-ray Dye?

Fluoroscopy procedures require various types of x-ray dyes depending on the reason for the procedure and what information the physician wants to obtain from the procedure. The most commonly used x-ray dye is barium sulfate, a white-chalky substance. Other x-ray dyes used in our fluoroscopy department are water-soluble agents, omnipaque (iohexol) and hypaque (diatrizoic acid). The technologist will ask you a series of questions before giving you the x-ray dye to reduce the chance of a contrast reaction.  Having a known allergy to x-ray dye will not necessarily prevent you from having the procedure but may require pre-medication so please inform the technologist.

What is a Fluoroscopic HSG?

A  fluoroscopic HSG (hysterosalpingogram) is a procedure done by one of our radiology physicians and technologists along with one of the gynecology physicians in the x-ray department to evaluate your uterus and fallopian tubes. A speculum will be placed into your vagina so that a small tube can be placed into your uterus. Once the tube is in place, the speculum will be removed. X-ray dye will be injected through that tube and fill your uterus and fallopian tubes. This may cause some cramping. Once the x-ray dye fills your uterus and fallopian tubes, x-ray images will be taken. You may be asked to move into different positions to obtain these x-ray images. You can expect this procedure to take approximately 30 minutes.

Parents, if your infant is having this procedure your child will be placed in a positioning device called the "cradle". This will help the physician obtain the best possible images and keep your child safe during the procedure.

What should I do before the procedure?

This procedure should be scheduled one week after menstruation but before ovulation to make certain you are not pregnant during this time.

There is no specific preparation for this procedure.

We ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled procedure time to check-in and be registered.  You should come to Radiology Reception on the first floor of the main hospital located at 1215 Lee Street. You can park in the parking deck directly across from the Main Lobby Entrance and we will validate your ticket or you can take advantage of our valet parking services.

What should I do after the procedure?

You may experience some minor cramping and spotting after this procedure. You can return to your normal activity after this procedure unless instructed otherwise by your Gynecologist or our Radiologist.


For any questions or concerns

Contact the Radiology and Medical Imaging department at 434-924-9400.