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Having a fluoroscopy examination

What is a fluoroscopy examination?

Fluoroscopy is a radiological technique, which gives a real time video image on television monitors using x-rays. It is useful for seeing dynamic bodily functions, such as the swallowing action. We use a range of dyes which can be drunk or introduced through a variety of catheters depending on the part of the body. The equipment is a gentle giant which can move all around you and your examination will either be standing up or lying on the table.

  • Barium swallows – looking at the oesophagus
  • Barium meals – looking at the stomach
  • Barium follow through – looking at the small bowel
  • Barium enema – looking at the large bowel
  • Herniograms – looking for abdominal hernias
  • Saliograms – looking at salivary glands
  • Dacrocystograms – looking at the tear ducts.

When you arrive

Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Please report to the reception desk in the department upon arrival. This can be found by using the fracture clinic entrance and crossing the main corridor in the main building, You will be shown where to wait and staff will be informed of your arrival. If, after ten minutes a member of staff has not been to see you, please inform the receptionist.

William Harvey Hospital

Please report to the reception desk in x-ray upon arrival. This can be found behind the coffee shop in the main reception. You will be shown where to wait and staff in the department will be informed of your arrival. If, after ten minutes a member of staff has not been to see you, please inform the receptionist.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital

Please report to the reception desk in the Radiology department upon arrival. This is situated at the Ramsgate Road entrance which is at the rear of the Accident and Emergency department. You will be shown where to wait and staff in the MRI department will be informed of your arrival. If, after ten minutes a member of staff has not been to see you, please inform the receptionist.

How does a fluoroscopy examination work?

The Radiographer carrying out the examination will explain what is involved. Depending on the part of the body to be examined, you may be asked to undress and put on a hospital gown. You may be required to lie on a special x-ray examination table or stand against an x-ray film holder. You will be asked to keep the part being examined quite still or to hold your breath for a moment while the x-ray film is taken.

If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to ask the radiographer. 

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