Some medical diagnoses require the use of a moving picture in order to capture and recognize what is taking place inside the body. A fluoroscopy is one procedure that, utilizing harmless dyes and a continual x-ray, allows for movement to be shown. The dye provides a clear contrast that allows your radiologist to view movement in the bloodstream, digestive tract, or areas where bone fractures have occurred. If you are scheduled for a fluoroscopy, here are some answers to commonly asked questions that can help you prepare for the procedure.
- Is the procedure painful? The fluoroscopy procedure does not differ greatly from a standard x-ray procedure when it comes to the overall patient experience. Iodine, which is used as a contrast dye, will be injected into target areas, but this requires just a brief needle prick. During the X-ray portion of the procedure, patients will need to remain in the same position but will experience no sensation.
- How long does it take? The duration of your fluoroscopy procedure will depend on the reason for your needing the test. Generally, though, the procedure should take no longer than 20 minutes, and it will be kept as short as possible to limit radiation exposure.
- Are there any risks? Like any X-ray procedure, some exposure to radiation does occur with fluoroscopy. The risk of radiation is typically outweighed by the benefits of achieving an accurate diagnosis for your condition, and you can talk with your physician or radiologist for more information about the procedure's risks and benefits.
For more information on fluoroscopy and other imaging procedures, contact Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center. Providing the highest standards of service and a patient-centered approach, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a Dallas leader in diagnostic imaging and health screening. Visit us online to find a location near you, or call us today at (888) 530-1053.