Any of a range of procedures which use X-ray guidance. This may include examinations of the gastrointestinal tract with barium, studies of the bladder with X-ray dye, adjustment of gastric bands, study of the fluid around the spine with dye injection, etc.
Please advise us beforehand
We need to know if you have any history of allergy to contrast (X-ray dye). You may be asked other questions about medications you are taking, etc, by the radiologist on the day of the test. If you are female and pre-menopausal, we need to know if you might be pregnant.
You should bring any previous imaging you may have.
The preparation is specific to the particular test you are having, and will be discussed at the time of booking the examination.
What happens during the procedure
You will change into a gown. Our staff will position you on the fluoroscopy table according to the specific test you are having. The procedure will be explained to you beforehand and, as appropriate, during the test. The table may be tilted or the X-ray tube may move around over your body during the test. At times, you may be asked to hold your breath, stay very still, swallow, or roll one way or the other, and this will vary from one test to another. If the instructions are not clear to you, please feel free to ask that they be repeated or clarified. Your test will be performed by, or under the supervision of, one of our experienced radiologists.
How long does it take?
This varies according to the test, but most take from 10-20 minutes. If there are any specific aftercare instructions, these will be explained to you before you leave.