Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy

Patient Information

Appointment Scheduling MSLHImaging@houstonmethodist.org

No appointment necessary for X-Rays. Walk-ins welcome.

Hours:
Imaging & Diagnostic ServicesMonday - Friday,
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday,
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Breast Center
Monday - Friday,
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday,
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fluoroscopy

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s mission is to provide our patients with the best, most compassionate care from some of the nation´s foremost health care professionals. The Imaging Department is equipped with high-quality, state-of-the-art technology and is staffed by experienced technologists and radiologists in order to provide you with the best possible experience.

What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a test that uses a steady beam of x-rays to look at parts of organs and movement within the body. Using fluoroscopy, physicians can view blood moving through a blood vessel or food moving through the stomach and intestines.

Why are Fluoroscopic Exams Performed?

Fluoroscopy assists physicians in these procedures:

  • Barium x-rays – allows physician to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them
  • Cardiac catheterization – enables physician to see the flow of blood through the coronary arteries in order to evaluate the presence of arterial blockages
  • Intravenous catheter insertion – assists physician in guiding the catheter into a specific location inside the body

Where do I go? Campus Map

At the time your appointment is scheduled, you will be instructed to go to the Main Hospital or the Sweetwater Pavilion. When you enter, go to the Information Desk and our staff will gladly direct you from there.

When Should I Arrive?

Arrival times vary based on the type of test that will be performed. If you are not sure of your time of arrival, please call 281-274-7170 to clarify for your specific test.

How is Fluoroscopy Performed?

Fluoroscopy may be part of an examination or procedure that is done on either an outpatient or inpatient basis. The specific type of procedure or examination being done will determine whether any preparation prior to the procedure is required. Your physician will notify you of any pre-procedure instructions. If you do not have your pre-procedure instructions, please call 281-274-7170.

Fluoroscopy procedures generally follow this process:

  1. An intravenous (IV) line is started in the patient's hand or arm.
  2. The patient is positioned on the x-ray table.
  3. For procedures that require catheter insertion, such as cardiac catheterization or catheter placement, an additional line insertion site may be used in the groin, elbow, or other site.
  4. A special x-ray scanner is used to produce the fluoroscopic images of the body structure being examined or treated.
  5. A dye or contrast substance may be injected into the IV line in order to better visualize the structure being studied.
  6. The type of care required after the procedure will depend on the type of procedure done. Certain procedures, such as cardiac catheterization, will require a recovery period of several hours with immobilization of the leg or arm where the cardiac catheter was inserted. Other procedures may require less time for recovery. The radiologist will give more specific instructions related to care after the examination or procedure.

Will it Hurt?

Discomfort during fluoroscopy exams is dependent upon which type of exam is being performed. Consult with your physician regarding your specific exam.

After Your Test:

A board certified radiologist will interpret your exam. Legally, the technologist cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report with the results will be sent to your physician within two to three business days. Please check with your physician’s office to discuss the results.