X-Rays & Fluoroscopy Procedure | MedStar Health

What is an X-ray?


X-ray imaging utilizes electromagnetic waves to create an image of the inside of your body. A fluoroscopy is a test that takes that concept a step further by using X-ray technology to capture a moving image, like an X-ray video. At MedStar Radiology Network, fluoroscopy images may be used to better look at the digestive, skeletal, respiratory, urinary, or reproductive systems.

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What is a fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy imaging is often used in conjunction with other tests and procedures to aid the placement of intravenous catheters or biopsy collection. Because the images are moving and can be projected on a screen in real time, this is a test that can be used for diagnostic purposes and as a  guide to help the doctor in the performance of other procedures.

A fluoroscopy is a non-invasive procedure on its own though, again, it may be combined with other procedures to include a barium enema, a barium swallow, a lumbar puncture, and various interventional radiology procedures. There are risks to be considered with any radiation exposure, and you should notify your doctor prior to the test if you are pregnant or have reason to believe you may be pregnant.

Preparing for a fluoroscopy

The reason a fluoroscopy is being ordered, and the additional procedures it is being utilized to assist with, will determine a patient’s pre-procedure instructions. All patients undergoing a fluoroscopy will be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal or electronic items that could interfere with the X-ray images.

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