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Fluoroscopy is often described as an "x-ray movie." It's a continuous image that shows movement of a body part or motion of materials through the body. Uses of fluoroscopy include diagnosis of conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, uterus and fallopian tubes, blood flow studies, direction of catheter placement during angioplasty or angiography, and viewing of joints.

Depending on the reason for the test, you may be injected with a contrast material, given a barium enema, or asked to swallow a liquid containing barium. If the fluoroscopy involves your gastrointestinal tract, you may also be asked to eat foods or drink liquids that have been mixed with barium. The technologist will position you as needed to obtain the proper images. Most fluoroscopies take about 20 to 30 minutes. Following this procedure, your bowel movements may be white and you may experience constipation caused by the barium. Your bowel movements will return to their normal color within a few days, and the constipation can be treated with over-the-counter medications.

 

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