Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique which uses x-rays to provide detailed information in real time. This means that both anatomical and functional analysis is undertaken.


Fluoroscopy has a wide range of applications, which includes gastro intestinal studies, urological studies, reproductive organ studies, musculoskeletal studies and sialography (salivary ducts), to name but a few.

Most examinations are relatively quick to perform; some however may take some hours, such as small bowel studies. Details for each study can be provided upon booking.

Preparing for a Fluoroscopy

Preparation requirements vary depending on the particular area being examined. Specific details will be provided to you when you make a booking.

It is a general requirement that you will need to remove jewellery and other metal objects from the body part being examined.


All Fluoroscopy examinations will be performed by one of our specialist radiologists with the assistance of an experienced radiographer.

You will be asked to lie or stand in different positions while the images are acquired.

As there are many different types of fluoroscopy procedures, our experienced radiographer will explain the test in detail at the start of the session.


Most fluoroscopy scan results will be ready in less than 2 hours. However some results can take longer, due to the amount of data that is processed. Our staff will inform you if it is possible to wait for your results or if you should return and pick up the films and report at a later time. They can also be provided on CD or electronic transfer to your referring practitioner if requested.

Norwest Medical Imaging strongly advises that you return to your referring doctor, in order for your doctor to discuss your radiology report with you.

We understand that some patients are anxious about having tests performed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask our staff.


What is a Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a type of diagnostic radiology that allows moving body structures to be examined via x-ray through the use of a fluoroscope and a contrast agent. The image is viewed on a monitor as a form of moving x-ray.

What are the types of Fluoroscopic tests?
Norwest Medical Imaging can perform a wide variety of fluoroscopic tests, these include, but are not limited to; barium swallow, upper GI series, small bowel series, barium enema and sialography.

Do I need to fast for my test?
As there are a variety of procedures performed under fluoroscopy and the preparation varies, it is best for you to check with our reception staff when making your booking.

When you arrive for your appointment the radiographer will explain your test in detail and answer any questions you may have.

Can I continue my medications?
It will depend on both the type of procedure and the type of medicine, so it is best for you to check with our reception staff when making your booking.

How much radiation am I getting exposed to?
X-rays are monitored and regulated so you get the minimum amount of radiation exposed needed to produce the image.

Will the Radiographer performing my scan tell me what’s wrong?
The radiographer is not qualified to read your x-rays. It is the radiographer’s duty to perform the test and ensure the images are of high quality for the radiologist (specialist doctor) to interpret them.