Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that allows physicians to observe
moving body structures—similar to an X-ray “movie.”
During a fluoroscopy procedure, real-time images are taken, often together
with a contrast agent (dye) ingested by the patient.
By viewing these images on a monitor, physicians are able to watch your
body’s systems at work, for instance, watching a heart beating or
a stomach as it digests food. This valuable information helps with diagnosis
When is fluoroscopy recommended?
Fluoroscopy is used in a range of exams and procedures, including barium
X-rays and enemas (to view the gastrointestinal tract), cardiac catheterization
(to direct movement of a catheter within the body), and orthopedic surgery
(to guide joint replacement and fracture treatment).
What to expect during a fluoroscopy procedure
These procedures generally take 45 to 60 minutes. After changing into a
hospital gown, the patient lies on a bed-like table that can be positioned
horizontally or vertically. X-rays are taken while you stay very still.
Prior to the exam, your physician will give you any special preparation
instructions. If you have an allergy to contrast materials such as barium,
please inform your doctor or the technologist before your exam.
Imaging technologists generally perform fluoroscopies. A board-certified
radiologist will interpret the results and send a report to your physician
in a timely fashion.
Benefits and risks
Recent advances in fluoroscopy technology – digital image processing
and flat-panel detectors – mean today’s procedures convey
much reduced radiation doses.
BCH demonstrates our dedication to providing the safest, highest quality
Imaging services by having a specially trained medical physicist onsite
full-time to regularly test and adjust all equipment to ensure our patients
receive the smallest dose of radiation needed for any exam.
Schedule a fluoroscopy appointment
For your convenience, fluoroscopy is provided at three locations throughout
Boulder Medical Center (Boulder)
Community Medical Center (Lafayette)
Foothills Hospital (Boulder)
Paying for Services
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