• 30 mins procedure
  • A type of X-ray exam
  • Provides detailed moving images
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Everything to know about Fluoroscopy

How Fluoroscopy works

Fluoroscopy is helpful in diagnosing and treating abnormalities in the body. It examines entire systems, producing moving images that allow doctors to see if there's a blood clot in veins or arteries, if bones are healthy, or if the digestive tract is working properly.

Fluoroscopy can be used to examine most parts of the body, including:

  • Heart
  • Digestive tract
  • Kidneys

What to expect

If you've ever had an X-ray, a fluoroscopy exam is very similar.

Fluoroscopy can be used as a diagnostic test or to assist in a larger procedure or surgery by providing "live" imaging. Let the radiographer know if you're pregnant, as any X-rays or radiation may be harmful to your baby. Also be sure to mention any allergies or sensitivities to medications (such as iodine) as they may be present in the contrast agent (iodine or barium).

You're also required to remove all jewellery, change into a hospital gown, and you may be asked to follow dietary restrictions prior to the exam.

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The day of the Fluoroscopy

The night before the scan
Good night's sleep
30 mins prior
Arrive at imaging location
30 - 60 mins procedure
The Fluoroscopy
5 mins after
Time to go home