Fluoroscopy Head / Neck

Method

 

Fluoroscope

Fluoroscope

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 examination method used here is an oesophagus barium swallow and meal (barium swallow and meal, contrast visualization of the oesophagus).

Preparation

 

Preparation at home

Please do not eat anything for two hours before a fluoroscopy of the head or neck.

Please bring with you:

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

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: normally this will be in a standing position. You will then be given a mash of contrast agent, which you need to swallow – its transportation and distribution 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.

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.