Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope.

In its simplest form, a fluoroscope consists of an X-ray source and fluorescent screen between which a patient is placed. 

Specialist equipment records the study so that it can be replayed as a later stage for more detailed analysis.

Having Fluoroscopy

If you have never had an X-ray using a fluoroscope, you might not know what to expect. This brief guide is designed to answer the questions that might be on your mind.

Important things to tell us

It is important to tell us before if you:

  • are (or might be) pregnant,
  • have had a similar X-ray within the previous six months
  • have ever had a reaction to any contrast dye
  • are allergic to iodine.

Before you arrive

  • Please let us know if you have any disabilities so that we can ensure we are able to offer you the highest quality service.
  • Please confirm your appointment by phone 24 hours before your scan and arrive in plenty of time.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or a relative with you, but for safety reasons we won’t normally allow them into the examination room.
  • The specific type of procedure or examination being done will determine whether any preparation prior to the procedure is required. Your referring doctor will notify you of any pre-procedure instructions.
  • Notify us if you have ever had a reaction to any contrast dye, or if you are allergic to iodine.
  • Please bring your appointment letter with you

Preparation for the scan

  • Once you have checked in at reception, a member of the radiography team will meet you, explain the procedure, go through your safety questionnaire with you and ask you to sign a consent form. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions.
  • We might ask you to change into an examination gown. We provide somewhere to store your personal possessions.
  • Throughout the procedure, you will be looked after by the radiography team . T they will explain what is happening and will be there if you experience any discomfort. 

During the procedure

  • The examination should take no more than a few minutes.
  • The consultant operating the equipment will be able to see and hear you throughout the procedure.
  • We will ask you to stay very still and we might ask you to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds.
  • For safety reasons, we do not normally allow anyone accompanying you to come into the examination room whilst you are having your fluoroscopy.

After the scan

  • There are no restrictions on normal activity you can eat and drink normally, drive and return to work immediately after the fluoroscopy.
  • A radiologist will examine the images shortly after your visit and send a report to your doctor or consultant, normally within a few days.
  • For ethical and professional reasons, we cannot discuss results with you. Only your doctor or consultant can do this.

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