Fluoroscopy uses continuous, live x-ray to capture movement within the body, usually accompanied with some type of imaging contrast. Imaging can be done to diagnose conditions within the digestive system (such as the stomach or intestines) or the urinary system. It can also be used to provide guidance for treatment of pain in joints (such as the hip or shoulder) or the spine.
Preparing for Fluoroscopy
You may be asked to not eat or drink prior to your appointment. You will be given specific instructions at the time of scheduling.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
Depending on the type of exam, you may be asked to drink an imaging contrast. During the exam, the technologist will position you on the X-ray table and then will move the machine over the area being imaged. The radiologist will follow the contrast using live X-ray.
A board-certified radiologist reviews your images and provides the results to your ordering provider typically within three business days. Please contact your provider for results. If you are enrolled in MyChart®, you can find your results there as well.
Accreditations and Certifications
All technologists who perform fluoroscopy exams are nationally board certified and state licensed.
More Fluoroscopy Resources
The American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America offer detailed information on different fluoroscopy tests, including videos. Learn more about your specific test.