Fluoroscopy (interventional X-ray)

X-ray is used on moving body structures

What is fluoroscopy? 

Continuous x-rays are used to show how the body is working in real time.  This can be useful for watching functions such as swallowing to pin point the cause of problems.

By using a contrast material, such as barium sulphate suspension (a soft white reactive metal that is safe to consume) clinicians can get much better X-ray images and can identify problems.

Why you might need it

Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used as part of other diagnostic procedures.

You should not take this test if you're pregnant as it exposes you to a low level of radiation.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. To us, that means you can choose the consultant you want to see, and when you want. They'll be with you every step of the way.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern, well-equipped hospital.

Preparing for treatment 

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

Specific instructions about what you can eat and drink before your fluoroscopy procedure will be given to you when your procedure is booked.  

Making an appointment 

For further information about fluoroscopy at Spire Harpenden Hospital, or to make an appointment, call us on 01582 714 420.