Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic radiology used to obtain “real-time” images of the internal structures of the body. Often a contrast agent, also known as contrast media such as barium is administered to aid in the evaluation.
Some of the most common fluoroscopy studies are:
– Oesophagram (Barium Swallow) and Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI) which examines the oesophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine (bowel).
– Small Bowel Series which examines the small intestine (bowel).
– Barium Enema or Lower Gastrointestinal Series (Lower GI) which examines the large intestine (bowel) or colon.
Fluoroscopy is used to screen for ulcers, benign tumours (polyps, for example), cancer, or signs of certain other intestinal illnesses.