Fluoroscopy in Dallas, TX
At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center in Dallas, TX, we offer state-of-the-art fluoroscopy services for our patients. Our team of experienced radiologists and technologists use the latest technology and equipment to ensure the highest level of accuracy and precision in our imaging studies. Call our clinic today at (214) 345-6905 to schedule an appointment today!
What is fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a medical imaging technique that uses X-rays to produce real-time images of the body’s internal structures. It is a highly valuable diagnostic tool used by physicians to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions.
With the aid of a contrast agent, Fluoroscopy enables an x-ray technologist or radiologist to capture an image of an internal body organ while it is functioning. The contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen.
What is the difference between fluoroscopy and X-rays?
X-rays involve exposing you to a low dose of ionizing radiation, enabling the production of images that reveal the interior of your body. As the oldest and most frequently utilized medical imaging method, X-rays offer valuable insights.
Both fluoroscopy and X-rays are imaging procedures that employ radiation to capture images of your internal tissues. However, there is a distinction between the two. X-rays capture still images of internal tissues in a single instance, while fluoroscopy offers continuous, real-time imaging by utilizing multiple pulses (brief bursts) of radiation.
What are the reasons for a fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a versatile diagnostic tool used in many examinations and procedures. Fluoroscopy can be used for many different types of procedures:
- Barium X-rays: In barium X-rays, fluoroscopy captures the movement of the intestines as barium, a contrast agent, passes through them.
- Cardiac Catheterization: Fluoroscopy allows doctors to visualize the flow of blood through coronary arteries, helping in diagnosing arterial blockages and helping in developing treatment plans.
- Arthrography: Fluoroscopy helps doctors see joints during arthrography procedures. By injecting contrast agents into the joint space, fluoroscopy allows surgeons to visualize joint function and detect abnormalities.
- Lumbar Puncture: During lumbar punctures, fluoroscopy can be used to guide the needle’s placement in the spinal canal.
- Intravenous Catheter Placement: Fluoroscopy plays an important role in guiding the placement of intravenous catheters.
What types of tests are offered?
- Barium Swallow (Esophagram)
- Upper GI
- Lower GI (Barium Enema)
- Small Bowel Follow Through
How should I prepare for this procedure?
- Preparation varies depending on the type of test given. Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your exam.
- You should inform your doctor about any recent illnesses or other medical conditions, as well as any allergies you might have to medications.
- Women should always inform the scheduler if there is any possibility that they could be pregnant.
What should I expect during this exam?
- Fluoroscopy is generally painless.
- Depending on the type of fluoroscopic test you undergo, in general you will be asked to lie or stand between the X-ray machine and table after changing into a gown.
- An X-ray scanner produces fluoroscopic images of the body part being examined.
- You may be repositioned frequently to enable the radiologist or technologist to capture different views.