X-Ray Blood Vessels

Method

 

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.

Preparation

 

Preparation at home

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.

Contrast agent

It will be necessary to give you a contrast agent. 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 x-ray is medically useful and necessary.

Before the x-ray examination you must remove all moveable metal objects (e.g. jewellery, hair pins and the like) from the area being examined, as these might cover body structures on the image. 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.

You will be given a cannula in an arm vein so that we can administer the contrast agent.

Please follow instructions precisely, as they are very important for the quality of the images.

The examination will take only a few minutes. 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.