Fluoroscopy is a modern noninvasive imaging technique that uses x-rays and a barium contrast agent to obtain moving images of a patient’s internal organs as they function. A fluoroscope consists of an X-ray source and fluorescent screen between which a patient is placed. Barium sulfate coats the walls of the digestive tract (positive contrast), which allows the shape of the digestive tract to be outlined as white or clear on an X-ray. Air may then be introduced (negative contrast), which looks black on the film.
This allows our Board Certified Radiologists to observe and diagnose in real time concerns involving a patient’s stomach, esophagus and lower intestinal tract. Fluoroscopy is also useful in diagnosing coronary artery disease.
Fluoroscopy is done at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame. For your convenience, shuttle service is offered from our parking lot.
- Barium Enema (Lower GI)
- Upper GI (UGI)
- Esophagram (Barium Swallow)
- Small Intestines (Small Bowel Series)
- Fertility (Hysterosalpingography or HSG)
- Spinal Canal (Lumbar Puncture or Myelography)
- Kidney X-ray (Intravenous Pyelogram or IVP)