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Fluoroscopy (X-Ray)

patients getting fluoroscopyFluoroscopy 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 and treatment.

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 County:

Imaging at Community Medical Center (Lafayette)
Imaging at Foothills Hospital (Boulder)
Imaging at CU Sports Medicine Center (Boulder)

Paying for Services

BCH accepts most major insurance plans. Explore Self-Pay pricing options if you are uninsured or wish to pay directly for any service.

Questions About Your Bill?

For more Billing and Payment information, click here.

Important Information

Boulder Community Health is following current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that call for patients and visitors to continue wearing masks at Foothills Hospital and all BCH patient-care facilities.

People 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. For updated Vaccine Clinic hours and general vaccine info, please visit our vaccine page.