What Is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-Ray image of moving body structures on a monitor, much like an X-Ray movie.

A continuous X-Ray beam is passed through the body part being examined, and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.


Further Information

ALERT

You must inform the technologist if you are, or think you might be, pregnant.

Overview

Why is Fluoroscopy Performed?

A radiologist will use Fluoroscopy as a technique for obtaining "live" X-Ray images of many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body; including the bones and joints, as well as solid organs such as the stomach, lung, or kidneys.

A contrast media may be utilized to assist the radiologist in outlining an image of soft tissues, such as the intestine.

Other areas to be imaged might include the kidneys, urinary tract, bladder, lower digestive tract, or small and large intestines.


How is Fluoroscopy Performed?

A special type of X-Ray equipment is used to produce the fluoroscopic images of the body structure being examined or treated. A TV-like monitor is used so that the body part and motion can be seen in great detail – much like an X-Ray movie.


What Are Some of The Common Fluoroscopic Procedures?
 

  • Barium Enema
  • Upper GI Series
  • IVP (intravenous pyelogram)
  • Image-guided anesthetic injections into joints or the spine
  • HSG’s
  • Video Swallows
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What to Expect

Exam Preparation

Some Fluoroscopic studies may require the use of a contrast agent during the exam.

During the Exam

You are required to lie still during the X-Ray process of the exam.

After the Exam

There are no special instructions or restrictions after your Fluoroscopic exam.

Feel free to contact our facility or check with your healthcare provider for additional information.

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Locations

Fluoroscopy Exams are available at these locations:

PENRAD @ Audubon Medical Campus
3050 N. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

PENRAD @ Sisters Grove Pavilion
6011 Woodmen Road, #10
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

To request an appointment, click here or call (719) 785-9000

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PET/CT Scan

Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology

Nuclear Medicine

Bone Scans, MUGA

HeartScreen

Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. No referral required.

Ultrasound

Ultrasounds or Sonograms using high frequency sound waves.

Fluoroscopy

IVP, Barium Enema

X-Ray

Chest X-Ray - Dual Energy Subtraction

Mammography

Full-field digital acquisition

CT Scan

CT 128, Cardiac CTA, Automatic Radiation Dose Reduction

Bone Density

DEXA, Hip & Femur BMD. No referral required.

MRI

High Field – Short Bore Magnets, Breast MRI with CAD, Cardiac MRI