Fluoroscopy

What is fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures – similar to an X-ray "movie." A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so the body structure and its motion can be seen in detail.

There are many exams that can be done with fluoroscopy such as upper GI X-rays, upper GI and small bowel X-rays, voiding cystourethrogram, barium enema, esophagram, oral pharyngeal motility studies and pH probe placement. All of the studies involve the use of a medicine, such as barium, that allows the radiologist to see how a part of the body is working. This medicine is called contrast.

What happens during fluoroscopy?

When it is time for the scan, the technologist, nurse or Child Life specialist will take your child to the X-ray room. You can stay with your child during the scan.

A special X-ray scanner is used to produce the fluoroscopic images of the body structure being examined or treated. The test should take between 15 and 60 minutes.

The type of care needed afterward will depend on the type of test done. Your doctor will get the results of the test within 24 hours and will share the results with you and your family.

How should my child prepare?

Fluoroscopy is used in a variety of procedures and exams. The type of procedure or exam being done will determine whether any special preparation is required. Your care provider will give you detailed instructions about preparing your child for this test. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Fluoroscopy Department at (414) 266-3116.