Digital Fluoroscopy

Fluorosocpy 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 biopsy or pain management injections, and may be combined with other tests such as MRI and CT.

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


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:

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

An HSG 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.

Special instructions:

  • DAY BEFORE EXAM: Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours before your test.
  • DAY OF EXAM: Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever an hour before the procedure, as well as an antibiotic.

Barium Enema

Barium Enema is a test to image the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. During this procedure, barium sulfate is injected into the colon.

Special instructions:

  • DAY BEFORE EXAM: Clear liquids at noon and supper meals. Eat no solid food. Drink six 8-ounce glasses of water between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm. At 5:00 pm drink one bottle of Citrate of Magnesia (10 ounces) At 8:00 pm take two Biscodyl (Dulcolax) pills.
  • DAY OF EXAM: Insert one Biscodyl (Dulcolax) rectal suppository upon arising. No solid food. You may have coffee, water or juice until one hour prior to the exam.

Upper GI Series

An Upper GI Series is a series of x-rays of the esophagus. The x-rays are taken after the patient drinks a barium solution.

Special instructions:

  • DAY BEFORE EXAM: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

Intravenous Pyelogram

An Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of the kidneys, ureters and bladder taken after a dye is injected into a vein.

Special instructions:

  • Drink four 8-ounce glasses of water between 1:00 pm and 10:00 pm the day BEFORE your exam
  • On the day of your exam, you may have coffee, water or juice until 3 hours prior to exam.
  • You may also take medication with water, as prescribed by your physician

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