Information for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology
What is a fluoroscopy examination?
A fluoroscopy unit uses x-rays and an Image Intensifier to produce ‘real time’ 2D images, similar to a movie. Often, a contrast agent (barium or iodine based) is used make different body parts more visible.
Fluoroscopy can be used to examine the digestive tract, the kidneys and bladder, joints and to perform minor operative procedures such as intravenous line insertions.
What fluoroscopy procedures can I have done at The Alfred?
At The Alfred Radiology we offer a wide range of diagnostic and interventional fluoroscopic procedures, including:
- Stomach (Meal)
- Small bowel follow through
- Ileostomy studies
- Defaecating proctogram
- Retrograde pyelogram
- Intravenous pyelogram
- Intrathecal Chemotherapy administration
- T-tube Cholangiogram
- PICC line insertion
- Joint Injection
How do I prepare for my Fluoroscopy examination?
- If you have been referred for a fluoroscopic examination by your doctor and would like to make a booking, please contact Radiology at either our Alfred or our Sandringham site
- 03 9076 0357 (The Alfred Fluoroscopy appointments)
- 03 9076 1411 (Sandringham Radiology Appointments)
- Most fluoroscopy procedures will require some preparation such as fasting or bowel preparation. You will be advised how to prepare when your appointment is made
- Please tell us if you are pregnant or if you are have had a previous allergy to contrast medium or iodine
Just prior to the examination
- Please tell us if you are pregnant or if you have had a previous allergy to contrast medium or iodine
- You will need to wear a hospital gown
During the fluoroscopy examination
- A radiologist and a radiographer will perform this examination. Sometime a nurse will also assist
- Fluoroscopy examinations can take from 10 minutes to several hours, depending on the complexity of each case. Your radiographer will advise you of the expected time on the day
- Often, fluoroscopy examinations involve the administration of a contrast agent (barium or iodine based). The radiographer and radiologist will inform you of your requirements on the day
- The radiologist will direct you during the examination. You may be asked to lie or stand in different positions to aid the imaging process
What do I do after the examination is finished?
- Eat and drink normally after the examination, unless otherwise directed
- You will be given an information sheet at discharge about your procedure
- Return to your doctor to discuss the examination results
- The radiologist’s report and your images are automatically forwarded to your doctor