How do I prepare?
When scheduling your appointment, provide us with your email address and we will send you personalized forms with your information already filled in. You will only have to update or add any missing information. If your email address is not provided, you can still save time by downloading the Registration forms and completing them prior to arriving at the office.
You must remove all jewelry and any other metallic objects such as hearing aids, jeans with metal zippers, body piercings and removable dental work. Wearing a sweatsuit with no metal may prevent you from having to change into a gown.
Esophagram (Barium Swallow)/Upper GI/Small Bowel Series
The night before the exam, have a light supper and nothing to eat, drink, smoke or chew after 10:00 p.m.
Barium Enema (BE)
At least two days prior to your exam, you must pick up a prep kit from our office. The kit contains an oral solution that cleanses your bowel, as well as specific instructions for use.
Your appointment must be scheduled six to ten days after the onset of your menstrual cycle.
Bring with you to the appointment:
- Prescription from your doctor.
- Current insurance card.
- Authorization number from your insurance carrier.
- Any forms you completed at home.
- Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay.
- Any abdominal or pelvic studies that you have from another facility. We like to compare the new MRI study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
- Picture identification.
Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
What do I do?
Present your prescription, insurance card and completed forms at the front desk. If any additional forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.
Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:
- Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- Have a colostomy or a ileostomy.
- Are currently taking any medications.
- Have any allergies.
- Have any studies of the same body area from another facility. We like to compare the new fluoroscopy study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
What happens during the test?
- All metal in the area being scanned must be removed including jewelry, dentures, eyeglasses, belt buckles and any clothing with metal zippers or buttons. Metal interferes with the quality and accuracy of the images captured during the fluoroscopy exam. You may be asked to change into a gown.
- The technologist will confirm that you are free of all metal, review your medical history and answer any questions that you might have.
- If you are having a small bowel series, you will be given a barium drink just before your test. For an esophagram or an upper GI series, you will drink the barium during your scan. For a barium enema, the radiologist gently inserts a small tube an inch or two into your rectum, and then uses this tube to fill your colon and rectum with barium liquid. You may feel a little pressure, but it is not painful. If your scan requires contrast dye, it will be injected right before your exam. During a hysterosalpingogram, a low concentrated contrast agent is injected through the cervix.
- You will be positioned on the scanning table and the test will begin. The fluoroscopy unit will move over the areas of your body being studied and the images will be captured.
- Depending on the type of study being conducted, the entire test will take between 15 and 30 minutes.
When can I expect the results?
One of our board certified radiologist interprets your fluoroscopy images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed.
The report is then faxed and mailed to your referring doctor within one or two days.
Your doctor will read the report and review the findings with you.
All of your signed reports and images are available to your referring doctor on our physician web portal.