Fluoroscopy Blood Vessels

Method

 

Fluoroscope

Fluoroscope

Fluoroscopy vessels

Fluoroscopy vessels

Fluoroscopy is a special kind of x-ray examination. In this case, x-rays are employed over a longer period of time, with the aid of an x-ray contrast agent, 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 examination method used here is a phlebography of the pelvis and legs (phlebography, visualization of the pelvis and legs after intravenous injection of x-ray contrast agent).

Preparation

 

Preparation at home

You should not eat anything for two hours before a fluoroscopy of the blood vessels.

Please drink at least 1.5 – 2 litres of non-carbonated (non-fizzy) liquid before the examination.

If you are regularly taking antidiabetic drugs containing metformin (e.g. Diabesin®, Glucophage®, Metformin®, Siofor®), you must stop taking them 48 hours before, during and after the examination.

Please bring with you:

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

Contrast agent

Usually it will be necessary to give you a contrast agent, as we can obtain important additional information for diagnosis in this way. The contrast agents we use are easily tolerated and will be eliminated from the body within 24 hours. Allergic reactions are very rare.

We will need to know your creatinine and TSH blood values before administering any kind of contrast agent. Please bring the relevant test results with you.

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 placed in front of the recording system for the recording. This will happen – depending on the image required – in standing or lying position. Please follow instructions precisely, as they are very important for the quality of the images.

The examination will take only a few minutes, and usually you will be able to leave our practice immediately afterwards.

A detailed report with the results of the examination will be sent to the doctor who referred you to us. This will usually reach your doctor within a week; in case of medical necessity, it may also come at short notice on the same or the following day.