Fluoroscopy Abdomen / Pelvis

Method

 

Fluoroscope

Fluoroscope

Fluoroscopy colon

Fluoroscopy colon

Fluoroscopy is a special kind of x-ray examination. In this case, x-rays are employed over a longer period of time to observe dynamic processes, e.g. for stomach and bowel examinations.

Just as in a normal x-ray examination, the x-rays sent through the body are weakened to differing degrees by the various body tissues (e.g. bones, muscles, fat, organs) and after passing through the body they meet a digital recording system, which registers the rays arriving. The data acquired in this way are used to produce grey-scale images, the contrasting gradations of which represent the different tissues of the body, as well as the contrast agent. The latter is generally administered in order to observe its transportation through the body.

Our fully digital apparatus with flat panel detector will help to keep your exposure to radiation to a minimum.

Normally, patients will not be examined during pregnancy due to the x-ray radiation employed.

The following examination methods are used: colon contrast examination (colon contrast enema, CE, contrast visualzation of the colon) and miction-cystourethrography (MCU, x-ray contrast examination of the bladder and urethrae, carried out as the bladder is being emptied).

Preparation

 

Please bring with you:

  • A towel
  • Where available, existing results of examinations (imaging, clinical examinations, surgical or hospital discharge reports, lab test results)

 

COLON EXAMINATION

 

Preparation at home

Your colon must be emptied completely for the examination, that is, before the examination we will give you a laxative enema and instructions on how to use it.

 

MICTION-CYSTOURETHROGRAPHY (BLADDER EXAMINATION / MCU)

Prior to the examination, a urine test must be carried out to exclude the possibility of inflammation of the urinary tract.

 

Preparation at home

Please do not eat anything for two hours before the examination.

Procedure

 

Prior to the examination you will be questioned about the medical history of your illness to date and your present symptoms. The doctor will also check whether there is a justifiable indication for the examination, i.e. whether the fluoroscopy is medically useful and necessary.

Before the fluoroscopy you must remove all moveable objects such as jewellery and similar from the area being examined; any false teeth must also be taken out.

You will be positioned in front of the recording system for the recording. Normally, this will be in a lying position.

COLON EXAMINATION

A contrast agent will be administered through a thin tube via the rectum – the transportation and distribution of this contrast agent will be observed.

MICTION-CYSTOURETHROGRAPHY (BLADDER EXAMINATION / MCU)

A thin tube will be pushed through the urinary passage to the bladder. This will then be used to fill the bladder with contrast agent – the transportation and distribution of this contrast agent will be observed.

The images are produced under the visual surveillance of the radiologist. Please follow his/her instructions precisely, as they are very important for the quality of the images.

The examination will take only a few minutes, whereby the actual recording of data occurs within seconds. Usually you will be able to leave our practice immediately after the examination.