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General Radiology

Fluoroscopy ‘Live’ xrays of Patient

Fluoroscopy is a technique used for obtaining “live” xray images of a patient. The radiation passes through the patient to a TV monitor. This allows the radiologist to watch the patient in real-time as the test is being performed.

Upper GI Series (UGI)/Barium Esophogram

During this examination we will be imaging the esophagus, your stomach and the first part of your small intestines. The preparation that you go through is of vital importance to your examination. You will be asked to fast from midnight the night before, until after the exam is complete. No water, gum, pills or smoking is allowed.  At the beginning of the exam we will take one image. You will then be asked to swallow some “crystals” followed by some barium.   We will take additional images.   Your examination will continue in the fluoroscopy room.

The radiologist will take images at this point. When he is finished the technologist will do several more images. Once the study is complete, and we are satisfied with the quality, you will be sent home. It is important that you take a mild laxative following the exam. Barium tends to constipate. A report will be sent to your physician.

Arthrography

Arthrography is the name for procedures that involve the injection of contrast material into a joint.  The skin is sterilized and draped with a sterile drape.  Lidocaine is used to anesthetize the skin and adjacent tissues and the contrast is then injected into the joint. Depending on the order from your physician an MR exam may follow this procedure.   At Radiology Associates, arthrography is performed on the shoulder, wrist, hip and knee joints.

Small Bowel Follow-Through

Small bowel follow-through uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy and a barium-based contrast material to produce images of the small intestine. It is safe, noninvasive and may be used to help accurately diagnose bowel disease, obstructions, polyps, cancer and other symptoms.

You will be instructed on how to prepare. You may be asked to use a laxative and told not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the examination. Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant and discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, medications you’re taking and allergies, especially to contrast materials. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Small bowel follow-through is performed to assess the small intestine for abnormalities in size and shape and evaluate how waste matter moves through it. It also may be performed to diagnose condition such as:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Small bowel obstruction
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Abnormal masses or polyps
  • Cancer of the small intestine
  • Complications related to surgery on the abdomen or bowel