Fluoroscopy at Stockdale
Stockdale is dedicated to providing safe and comfortable digital fluoroscopy examinations at our office. With the growing number of patients with limited mobility, our modern fluoroscopy systems accommodate a full range of patients and helps to deliver a positive examination experience for all.
Our comprehensive fluoroscopy department provides a full range of diagnostic and interventional fluoroscopy procedures including barium enemas (BE), esophagrams, upper GI series, small bowel series, cystograms and hystosalpingograms.
Stockdale participates in Image Wisely™, a campaign that encourages smart medical imaging. We pledge to eliminate unnecessary scans and lower radiation doses by using state-of-the-art equipment for all of our studies at every location.
- Hysterosalpingography for evaluation of fallopian tubes for infertility or after tubal ligation
- Esophagrams to identify dysphagia, hiatal hernias and reflux
- Small bowel series and upper GI series for digestive, stomach and inflammatory disorders
- Barium enemas identify colonic tumors, polyps and inflammatory disease
What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a safe and painless test that uses a continuous x-ray beam to create a sequence of images that are projected onto a computer monitor. This special x-ray technique makes it possible for physicians to view internal organs in motion by creating real time "x-ray movies." Still images are also captured and stored electronically on a computer. Most fluoroscopic exams require the use of a contrast material (usually barium) to better see the organs inside your body.
Fluoroscopy is used to examine a wide range of internal structures, including the intestines, stomach, lungs, bladder, reproductive system and joints. Fluoroscopy can also be used to guide a variety of interventional procedures, like arthrograms.
How does Fluoroscopy work?
During a fluoroscopy exam, physicians obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures through the use of a fluoroscope. The fluoroscope consists of an x-ray source and fluorescent plate, between which the patient is placed. When the fluoroscope is activated, x-rays pass through the patient and are gathered by the fluorescent plate. Continuous x-rays create a sequence of images which are projected onto the monitor, allowing the radiologist to see internal organs in motion.
For gastrointestinal studies, a contrast material, barium is used to coat the inside of the esophagus, stomach, colon or rectum to produce sharp, well-defined images of the anatomy being studied. Physicians can see the organs in motion as the barium passes through them.