X-ray | Fluoroscopy

An X-ray is used to produce images of the inside of your body. They are quick and painless. X-rays use radiation that is absorbed at different rates by different parts of the body. After it has passed through the body it is picked up by a detector and turned into an image. Denser parts of your body, such as your bones, show up as white areas while softer parts, such as the internal organs, appear darker.

Fluoroscopy is a special form of X-ray that allows the radiographer to study movement within the body. During a fluoroscopy examination, a constant stream of X-rays is taken so that changes can be monitored as they occur. These images are transmitted to a monitor, allowing the radiographer to see what is happening in real time.

X-rays are used to examine the bones and joints, but they can also be used to diagnose soft tissue problems. Among the problems that X-rays can identify are:

  • broken bones and fractures
  • tooth problems and dental abscesses
  • bone tumours
  • lung problems, including pneumonia and cancer
  • swallowing problems
  • curvature of the spine
  • heart problems
  • breast cancer

Fluoroscopy is commonly used with interbentioanl proceudres, to help guide wires and needles inside the body, and also with barium studies, which are used to examine the throat and oesophagus (food pipe) during swallowing, the stomach and bowel.

Depending which part of your body is being X-rayed, you will be asked to lie or stand against a flat surface and the X-ray machine will be pointed at the area to be examined. You will need to remain still so the images are clear. The radiographer will sit in an adjacent room

Barium meal and swallow: This scan is used to examine your oesophagus, stomach and upper small bowel. It is important for your stomach to be empty during the scan so you will be asked to stop eating and drinking six hours beforehand. You will be given a Barium mixture to drink whilst the xray images are taken. The radiologist may also give you something to drink which creates more gas inside your stomach to help get better views.

Barium follow through: This is used to image the small bowel. You will be given a dense barium solution to sip. X-rays will be taken over a period of several hours as the mixture makes its way through your small bowel. You will need to remain in the clinic during this time although you will not be in the X-ray room for the entire time. Please bring a book or magazine with you. Once the barium reaches the part of the bowel of interest, the radiologist may want to take detailed images. You will be sent detailed instructions before your appointment outlining how to prepare for the scan.

You do not normally have to stop eating and drinking before having an X-ray unless it is a barium study (see above). If you are or may be pregnant please let the radiographer know beforehand, usually the test can be performed but some extra precautions may be required.

After most X-rays you will be able to resume your normal activities immediately. If you have had barium, do not be alarmed if your poo becomes whitish in colour for a few days as this is a common side-effect. You may also experience some sickness or blurred vision if you were given an injection to relax your stomach before the X-ray.

Interventional Radiology

We offer Interventional Radiology, which is a way of diagnosing and treating disease that requires minimal intervention.

An interventional radiologist treats certain conditions through the skin, which might, otherwise, require surgery. Image guidance methods – X-rays, for example – are combined with a range of approaches including biopsy needles, balloons, catheters, microcatheters, stents and therapeutic embolization to treat internal organs.

The risk to the patient is lower than with more invasive procedures.

Information for GPs

Our experienced consultants can help you and your patients with expert diagnostic testing and prompt reporting.

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