Fluoroscopy is a non-invasive imaging tool that allows detailed examination of organs and their movement. The procedure uses X-rays to produce real-time video images. During the procedure, X-rays are passed through the body part being examined. After the X-rays pass through the patient, instead of using film, they are captured by a device called an image intensifier and converted into light. The light is then captured by a camera and displayed on a monitor for review by a radiologist. Fluoroscopy may be performed in conjunction with the administration of a contrast agent, which may be given orally (upper GI), rectally (barium enema), intra-articularly (arthrography), or intra-uterinely (HSG).

Exam Preparations for Outpatients

Upper GI or Small Bowel Exams

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke after 9:00 pm the evening before or the morning of the exam.

During the Exam

The technologist will explain the procedure and ask you questions about your medical condition. You will lie on an X-ray table and move in several different positions to obtain all of necessary information.

For additional resources and information about radiology procedures from radiology experts, check out the RSNA and ACR’s website: www.radiologyinfo.org