Campbellford Memorial Hospital

Fluoroscopy x-ray procedure

Fluoroscopy Procedures

These examinations require an appointment:

  • Upper G.I. Series
  • Small Bowel Follow Through
  • Any other procedure involving 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.

Chest Fluoroscopy

Your doctor may order a chest X-ray to be done under fluoroscopy. This will localize a certain area in your chest in more detail than a normal X-ray could. The radiologist will be present to do this and may ask you to move in certain positions for some pictures. This procedure is quick and involves no preparation. Expect to be in the department for 20 minutes.

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

Esophagus, Stomach & Duodenum G.I. Series

An upper gastrointestinal (GI) series (barium swallow), is a radiological test that is used to visualize the structures of the upper digestive system the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. 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.

Patient Instructions

Do not eat or drink anything (including oral medication) after 10 p.m. on the night before your appointment. Take any bedtime medications before 10 p.m. Bring your morning oral medications to the hospital and take them after your test. Do not smoke or chew gum the day of your examination.

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

pdf After Barium Test Instructions (201 KB)