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What is a X-ray?

X-ray, often called Radiography, produces a two-dimensional image of the inside of the body. The X-ray beam passes through the body and is captured on a computerized detector. These exams are non-invasive, quick and effective imaging tools to assist with patient diagnosis. X-ray can be used to study bones and soft tissue structures.

What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is sometimes referred to as real-time X-ray. It can produce a moving image of the body’s functioning organs, such as the gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract. Patients lie on the table during the exam in various positions. An image intensifier, which receives X-rays after they pass through the body is connected to the table and then also connected to a monitor where the video can be projected. Often, contrast agents are used during these procedures to aide in the visibility of the structures.

Before Your Exam

If there is any chance of pregnancy, please tell your doctor and the technologist before the start of the exam. You will most likely be asked to change into a patient gown, as clothing can show up in the images. Most exams are relatively quick, but exam times will vary based on the images and views ordered. Some fluoroscopy procedures take longer because the contrast agent has to be administered to the patient before the procedure. If you have a known contrast allergy, please discuss with your referring physician prior to any procedure that requires administration of these agents.

After Your Exam

Routine X-rays should require no recovery. Some fluoroscopy procedures may require some post-procedure instructions, and those will be provided to you. Results will be shared with your ordering physician. You may request the results from your exam by contacting the Florida Hospital Medical Records office.

  • Some minimally invasive fluoroscopy procedures for spinal imaging may require the discontinuation of blood thinner medications.  Please discuss with your referring physician if that type of exam is ordered for you.
  • For routine X-rays, you may be asked to stand, sit, or lay on a table.  You may also be asked to hold your breath for a short time.  Following the directions of the technologist and radiologist are very important to achieve the best images possible.