A fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like a movie. It’s used to diagnose and treat patients by displaying the movement of a body part, instrument or dye (contrast agent) through the body. During a fluoroscopy procedure, the image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.

A fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, including:

  • Barium X-rays and enemas: to view movement through the GI tract
  • Catheter insert: to direct placement of a catheter during angioplasty or angiography
  • Blood flow studies: to visualize blood flow to organs
  • Orthopaedic surgery: to view fractures and fracture treatments
  • Joint injections for MRI and CT (arthrograms)
  • Hysterosalpingograms: to view the uterus and fallopian tubes

Intravenous Pyelograms (IVP) is an examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that uses contrast (dye) injected into veins. When the dye is injected into a vein in the patient’s arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, turning these areas bright white on the X-ray images.

An IVP allows the doctor to:

  • Help diagnose medical conditions when symptoms, such as blood in the urine or pain in the side or lower back, are present
  • Detect problems within the urinary tract resulting from kidney stones or an enlarged prostate.
  • Identify tumors in the kidney, ureters or urinary bladder
  • View images of the urinary tract prior to surgery

Outpatient fluoroscopy and IVP procedures are available Monday to Friday 8:00 to 4:30 allowing you to schedule around the rest of your day. Patients receive compassionate care and our team does everything possible to decrease anxiety by explaining procedures thoroughly, addressing concerns, answering questions and making you as comfortable as we possibly can.

If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call (615) 384-1531, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. to be connected with specialized staff that can answer your questions.

Can I eat or drink before my fluoroscopy exam / IVP?

Generally you will not be able to eat or drink before your exam. Each test has a specific preparation that needs to be followed carefully to ensure that your body is properly prepared for the exam.

Can I take my medications on the day of my procedure?

Most medications may be taken with small sips of water. If you have questions about a specific medication, please check with your physician.

If I am a diabetic, should I take my normal dose of insulin the day of my procedure?

Please follow-up with your physician and ask him/her how much insulin is appropriate for you.

If I have a history of allergic reaction to contrast, what should I do?

If you have a history of allergic reactions, please inform your ordering physician of the following:

  • what test you were having at the time of the reaction,
  • when and what the reaction was (hives, shortness of breath, etc.).

The ordering physician will need to decide if it is safe to proceed with the exam and what, if any, additional preparations may be needed for your safety.

Can my family and/or friends come into the exam room with me for my procedure?

As a rule, we cannot allow extra people in the room during the procedure. In cases where it would be in the best interest of the patient (young children, special needs patients, patients needing an interpreter), we will allow one family member that is properly shielded in the room with the patient.

Will I be shielded (given a lead shield to protect areas not being imaged) for my procedure?

In instances where anatomy of interest will be obstructed, no shielding is used.

If I am pregnant or may be pregnant – can I still have my fluoroscopy procedure / IVP?

You will need to discuss the risks vs. the benefits of your ordered procedure with your physician. He/she will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if the exam should be done or if there are other options.

Where do I go for a scheduled fluoroscopy procedure?

At NorthCrest Medical Center, all scheduled fluoroscopy procedures are performed in the Imaging Department.. Please try to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time to allow time for check-in and to complete any paperwork that may be required for your procedure.

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