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Fluoroscopy Preparations

Diagnostic RadiologyFluoroscopy is a way to obtain dynamic (moving) radiographs. The radiologist can actually watch your GI system at work in your body to help diagnose many different disease processes. We also use this dynamic imaging equipment to perform exams where an instrument or needle needs to be placed in a precise location. Image guidance gives the doctors an extra set of eyes looking inside the body. Preps vary based on what procedures we will perform.

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing for a Fluoroscopy Exam.

  1. Weight: Up to 500 pounds for dynamic exams and up to 600 pounds if the table does not have to move
  2. Barium Swallow requires: The patient should have nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to the exam. (This exam can be performed as a walk-in procedure.)
  3. Barium Enema, Air Contrast Barium Enema requires: The patient should have nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the exam. The referring physician’s office will give the patient instructions for a bowel prep kit that can be obtained from a pharmacy with the referring physician’s order.
  4. Upper GI, Upper GI with Small Bowel Series, Small Bowel Series requires: The patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the exam.
  5. Hysterosalpingogram require: No preparation.
    NOTE:The patient should wear a two-piece outfit.