• 30 mins procedure
  • A type of X-ray exam
  • Provides detailed moving images

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Everything to know about Fluoroscopy scan

How Fluoroscopy scans work

A 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.

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

  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys

What to expect

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

A fluoroscopy can be used as a diagnostic test or to assist in a larger procedure or surgery. Let the specialist know if you're pregnant, as any X-ray radiation may be harmful to the foetus. Also be sure to mention any allergies or sensitivities to medications (such as iodine) as they may be present in the contrast agent. You're also required to remove all jewellery, change into a hospital gown, and follow dietary restrictions prior to the exam.

The day of the Fluoroscopy

The night before the scan
Good night's sleep

30 mins prior
Arrive at imaging location

The Fluoroscopy
30 - 60mins procedure

5 mins after
Time to go home

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Will I be sedated for the procedure?

No sedation is required for any X-Ray or Fluoroscopy procedures.

Will I need someone to drive me home?

There's no need for a driver or assistance following any X-Ray or Fluoroscopy procedure unless normally required.

Should I drink extra fluids after the procedure?

If your study requires consumption or administration of barium sulfate, it's recommended that you mildly increase your fluid intake after the exam. This is because barium sulfate is a dense and inert (not chemically reactive) product that remains within the gastrointestinal tract in trace amounts.

Depending on patients' motility, a mild laxative could be helpful with the evacuation of residual barium sulfate. Consult your physician prior to using any laxative, as it may cause dehydration.

Will I be able to eat a regular meal after the procedure?

After the completion of the Fluoroscopy, you'll be able to resume your regular diet and activities unless informed otherwise by your physician.

Meet Dr Peter Zheng

Consultant Radiologist, Lumus Imaging, Brisbane

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