Fluoroscopy Imaging

The team at Banner Health are experts in all imaging tests, including fluoroscopy procedures. These tests are part of our comprehensive care and help our staff get a better understanding of your condition to provide the best treatment options for you.

What Is a Fluoroscopy?

A fluoroscopy exam is very similar to an x-ray but is more like a “movie” as it examines moving body structures. A fluoroscopy exam helps doctors look at several body systems, including the skeletal, respiratory, reproductive, urinary and digestive systems. For this exam, a beam is transmitted to a monitor that shows the body part being examined and its motion in detail.

When Is a Fluoroscopy Used?

Fluoroscopy is used to evaluate specific areas of the body, like the muscles, bones and joints. Fluoroscopy exams may also be used to look at solid organs, including the heart, kidneys or lungs. This type of exam is used alone for diagnostics or in conjunction with other diagnostic procedures. You may need a fluoroscopy exam for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To guide doctors when performing minimally invasive surgeries or procedures, like joint and spine injections, biopsies or catheterization
  • As a diagnostic tool to find abnormalities, like blood clots

How Do I Prepare for a Fluoroscopy Exam?

Your fluoroscopy exam may vary depending on its purpose. Talk to your doctor to determine how to best prepare for your fluoroscopy procedure.

Typically, a fluoroscopy exam is very similar to an x-ray. Before your fluoroscopy exam, you should:

  • Mention any allergies you have or if you’re sensitive to any medications, like iodine
  • Inform your doctor or x-ray technician if you are or might be pregnant
  • Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding

What Can I Expect from a Fluoroscopy Exam?

Fluoroscopy exams are performed at a Banner Health hospital, clinic, or at many of our conveniently located Banner Imaging locations.

Before the fluoroscopy exam, you’ll be asked to put on a hospital gown and remove any jewelry. Depending on your procedure, your doctor may ask you to follow some dietary restrictions prior to the exam.

After you’ve changed, you may be given a substance via enema, intravenous (IV) or swallowing. These substances are used to better visualize the structures that are being analyzed.

You will then be positioned on the x-ray table. During the procedure, your technician may ask you to move a specific part of your body, assume different positions, or hold your breath.

Your doctor will give you specific instructions after a fluoroscopy exam. Recovery time after a depends on the type of procedure performed. For example, catheterization procedures may require more recovery time than other fluoroscopy procedures.

Associated Risks

Fluoroscopy is generally safe but like any imaging procedure, there are minor risks involved, including exposure to varying doses of radiation. Be sure to ask us about any questions or concerns you may have about fluoroscopy.

Banner’s certified imaging staff is here to help during any stage of your fluoroscopy procedure. Our goal is always to provide you with the best care possible.

Find an Imaging Location Near You

Whatever your need, your doctor can refer you to one of our conveniently located free-standing imaging centers or one of our hospitals.