Digital Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is an X-ray-based imaging technique that obtains moving images of parts of the body in real-time. It can be used to diagnose problems within the bones or joints, the muscles, or other areas of the body where evaluating movement is essential to an accurate diagnosis. It is also used to guide certain interventional radiology procedures, such as biopsies or pain management injections.

To learn more about Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ fluoroscopy services, please consult with your doctor. To schedule your fluoroscopy call (858) 658-6500. We offer fluoroscopy at our Encinitas, Alvarado and Hillcrest, California locations.

There are also several different types of fluoroscopy tests performed at Imaging Healthcare Specialists that have specialized names. These, along with their preparation instructions, are listed below:

fluoroscopy of shoulder at Imaging Healthcare Specialists in San Diego

When preparing for a fluoroscopy

For most fluoroscopies, no special preparation is required, however, please wear loose, comfortable clothing with no metal. The following test also uses fluoroscopy and does require you to follow special preparation instructions prior to your test:


Arthrography is an examination of a joint (such as a shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, or ankle) using fluoroscopy and a contrast material (dye) typically performed in conjunction with an MRI or CT of the joint after injection of the contrast. It is generally performed on a joint when there is persistent and unexplained pain, and useful at identifying problems (such as tears) in the soft tissues of the joint (cartilage, ligaments, and tendons).

Special instructions:

  • Please inform us if you are allergic to iodine.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

An HSG is a test to evaluate the functions of the female reproductive systems, including the fallopian tubes and uterus. It can help determine if there is a blockage or other growth affecting a woman’s ability to become pregnant. HSG is an outpatient procedure that usually takes less than 5 minutes to perform.

Special instructions:

  • DAY OF EXAM: Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever an hour before the procedure, as well as an antibiotic.

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.

Imaging Healthcare Specialists offers fluoroscopy services at 3 of the 10 greater San Diego area. Digital fluoroscopy services are offered at IHS’s Encinitas, Alvarado and Washington imaging center locations in the Greater San Diego area. Call (858) 658-6500 to schedule your fluoroscopy, arthrography, or HSG today.

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