Fluoroscopy is real-time moving images that are produced using multiple X-rays captured on an image intensifier allowing our radiologists to see internal organs at work.
Common exams include voiding cystourethrograms (VCUG) to diagnose vesicoureteral reflux and upper gastrointestinal (UGI) examinations to diagnose disease in the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines. Traditional fluoroscopy produces about 30 images per second, while the new pulsed imaging system lets the radiologist decide how many images are needed for accurate results, down to 3 images per second.
Common Fluoroscopy Procedures
|Barium enema: with air-contrast|
|Barium swallow/esophagram: with barium tablet|
|Small bowel (may take up to 4 hrs)|
|Uppper GI series|
Wake Radiology’s Low Dose Commitment
Wake Radiology has always been committed to administering the lowest dose of radiation for a procedure. Our fluoroscopy machine, located in our West Raleigh location allows our radiologists to significantly reduce the dose of radiation used during pediatric and adult fluoroscopic exams.
“Radiation dose is always a concern to parents and radiologists,” explained Margaret Douglas, MD, director, pediatric imaging. “Our practice has invested in this cutting-edge technology so that our youngest patients will receive the least amount of radiation possible during their fluoroscopic exams. Using this system, we can control how many images per second are created, allowing us to use only the amount of radiation that we need to obtain the diagnostic information,” noted Dr. Douglas. “This is a wonderful benefit where we can significantly reduce the dose of radiation without compromising our diagnostic quality.”
Finding Out the Results
Your images will be examined by a board certified radiologist, a physician who specializes in medical diagnosis through imaging. The results of your examination will then be conveyed to the health care provider who ordered the examination who will then discuss the results of your examination with you.