What is fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy uses low dose X-ray beams and an Image Intensifier to produce real-time moving 2D images of internal body parts and physiology that enable a radiologist to examine and monitor how organs and blood vessels are functioning. As these are often not easily visualised with X-rays alone, barium or iodine-based contrast medium (dye) is often used.
A fluoroscope also allows a radiologist to accurately position catheters, wires and needles for a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including intravenous line insertions.
How should I prepare for fluoroscopy?
Most fluoroscopy procedures require preparation such as fasting or bowel preparation. When you schedule your appointment, our reception staff will advise you of any requirements or special instructions.
You must tell us at that time if you are pregnant, suffer from any serious health conditions, take any medications, or have previously experienced an allergic reaction to contrast solution or iodine.
Please bring any previous X-ray reports with you to your appointment.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival, before a radiographer collects you from reception. You will be asked to change into a gown and to remove any clothing or belts with metal before being taken to the fluoroscopy room.
In most cases, both a radiologist and a radiographer will perform this examination. Sometimes a nurse will assist. You will be asked to lie on a table under the fluoroscope, which may be tilted so that you are standing. The fluoroscope will be moved over the areas of your body that are being examined.
A contrast medium (dye) will be swallowed or injected to help the radiologist to visualise your internal organs, and depending on the procedure, a catheter or tube may be inserted. On occasions where the procedure is likely to be uncomfortable, sedation or local anaesthetic may be required.
Fluoroscopy examinations can take between 10 minutes and several hours, depending on the complexity of the case. You will be given a time estimate when you book your appointment. For most procedures, you will be able to resume normal activities immediately, however for some procedures you will be asked to reduce physical activity or temporarily adjust your diet. You may also need to organise transport after the procedure. Some examinations require recovery under nursing observation or occasionally, overnight admission. These requirements will be advised when you book your appointment.
After your fluoroscopy examination, the radiologist’s report and images will be sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss your results.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for on-the-day payment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, claims can be lodged electronically to ensure that your Medicare rebate is deposited directly into your bank account.
Pensioner Concession, Health Care, Commonwealth Seniors Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold cardholders will be bulk-billed for all Medicare-eligible outpatient items. Some surgical procedures and scans that are not covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule may incur an out-of-pocket cost. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please present your Medicare card and any concession cards to reception on arrival.