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Fluoroscopy

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.

Fluoroscopy

  • 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.