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.
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.
A fluoroscopic VCUG (voiding cystourethrogram) is a procedure done by one of our radiology physicians and technologists in the x-ray department to evaluate your bladder and lower urinary tract. A small tube will be inserted into your bladder. X-ray dye will be injected through that tube and fill your bladder. Once the x-ray dye fills your bladder, x-ray images will be taken. You will be asked to move into different positions to take these x-ray images. You will then be asked to empty your bladder while x-ray images are being taken. You can expect this procedure to take 30-60 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.
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.
You can return to your normal activity after this procedure unless instructed otherwise by our Radiologist.
For any questions or concerns:
Contact the Radiology and Medical Imaging department at 434-924-9400.