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Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Services

NCH Diagnostic Imaging tests include:

(click on procedure name for more details):

* The ultrasound-guided liver biopsy video was produced by freehivinfo. The ultrasound-guided thyroid biopsy video was produced by SouthSound Radiology. Northwest Community Healthcare does not have affiliations with these organizations.


What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy, or a moving X-ray, is a specialized type of diagnostic x-ray that uses a continuous x-ray beam to evaluate the body and its organs in real time. Often, fluoroscopy procedures require the use of a contrast agent, such as barium or intravenous iodinated contrast. Common fluoroscopic exams include Upper or Lower GI’s, Esophagrams, or Cystograms.

How it is performed

Fluoroscopic exams are performed by examining a portion of your body under the fluoroscope or X-ray tube. After the patient is positioned on the X-ray table, oral contrast such as barium can be given by mouth and then followed through the intestines. Intravenous contrast can also be given to the patient to follow the flow of blood in the arteries and veins. Sometimes contrast can be placed into the bladder via a catheter to evaluate for a leak in the urinary system.

How to prepare

You should wear loose fitting clothing for the exam. The technologist might have you remove jewelry or other metallic objects from your body. Depending on the exam, you might be asked to change into a hospital gown.

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Last Updated 2012/05/29