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Campbellford Memorial Hospital

Fluoroscopy x-ray procedure

Fluoroscopy Procedures

These examinations require an appointment:

  • Esophagus, Swallowing study
  • Modified Barium Swallow with Speech Pathologist
  • Any other studies requiring a Radiologist.

Fluoroscopy is a special type of X-ray procedure that is done while the radiologist is present. You will receive a constant beam of radiation, and while this is being done the radiologist will view your images on a TV monitor and take individual pictures. All of the procedures below are done using the Fluoroscopy X-ray equipment.

Important: If you think you may be pregnant, please inform the technologist before your examination starts.

Esophagus, Swallowing Study

A swallowing study, is a radiological test that is used to visualize the structures of the upper digestive system and esophagus.

You will be asked to drink Barium, a dry, white, chalky powder that is mixed with water to make a thick, milkshake-like drink. In addition to drinking barium, some patients are also given baking-soda crystals (similar to Alka-Seltzer) to further improve the images. This procedure is called an air-contrast or double-contrast upper GI. Barium coats the inside walls of the upper GI tract organs so that the swallowing motion, inside wall lining, function, size, and shape of these organs are visible using Fluoroscopy. The images are saved for further review as digital images.

Please allow a minimum of one hour for your appointment.