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 biopsies 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:


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 a 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.

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.