X-rays, also known as "radiographs" or "plain films" are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Because tests are not always conclusive, sometimes physicians will suggest another imaging test in addition to plain X-rays.
What is fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a form of X-ray imaging that enables the radiologist to visualize real time movie-like images of an organ or area of concern. It is commonly used to evaluate the gastrointestinal system, but also used in procedures such as arthrography, hysterosalpingograms and lumbar punctures.
The technologist will take you into the X-ray room and ask you to remove jewelry or possibly change into a gown as metal and hard plastics may interfere with the X-ray image.
The technologist will position you for proper imaging. You may be asked to stand, sit, or lie down for the views. While the X-ray is being taken, you will be asked to remain still and if necessary hold your breath for a short period of time. This prevents blurring of the image, which improves the quality of the X-ray. After the technologist has determined that the X-rays are technically satisfactory, you may leave.
The images will be interpreted by the radiologist, and a report will be delivered to your physician.
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Most X-ray exams require no preparation. If necessary, you will be provided instructions specific to your exam from your doctor or the scheduling department.