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Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures (similar to an X-ray movie). 

This allows procedures such as injections to be carefully guided to the correct body location.

Fluoroscopy injections may be used to alleviate pain or to identify the origin of pain.  These procedures are minimally invasive, but do require post-exam monitoring.

You will be asked to complete a screening form at the time of registration or complete the form and bring it with you to your appointment.

Fluoroscopy Injection - What to Expect

  • If your doctor has prescribed a Fluoroscopy guided steroid injection, please wear clothing that is easily removed.
  • One of our nurses will ask you a few questions and explain the procedure to you.
  • A board certified Radiologist will look at the area under x-ray (using Fluoroscopy).
  • Utilizing sterile technique (the doctor will be wearing gloves and a mask), the skin will be cleaned to create a sterile field. 
  • The skin will be numbed and a needle will be advanced to the location to inject the pain medicine (steroid).
  • A small amount of x-ray dye (contrast) will be injected to confirm we are in the correct location, then the steroid will be injected.
  • The needle will then be removed and a band aide will be applied to the area.
  • One of our nurses will stay with you after the procedure for 15-20 minutes so we can obtain a post procedure pain level.
  • You will be asked not to submerge the area in water, (including a hot tub or swimming pool) for 24 hours.  After that time, you may return to whatever activities your physician has told you is appropriate for you.

Arthrogram

  • An Arthrogram is a Fluoroscopy procedure to inject contrast dye into a joint combined with an MRI or CT.  The contrast dye highlights the area being scanned and assists in obtaining the best diagnostic interpretation.

Arthrogram - What to Expect 

  • First, one of our nurses will get you prepare for the procedure by asking you some questions.
  • An Arthrogram is a two part procedure.
  • Part 1:  Dye (contrast) will be injected into the joint that is to be evaluated by a doctor under x-ray.
  • The doctor will numb your skin then advance a needle into the joint and put the dye in along with some more numbing medicine to keep you comfortable during the scan.
  • The Arthrogram injection will take about 15-20 minutes.
  • After the arthrogram you will go into the scanner (CT or MRI). 

** Please note: If you are having your Arthrogram at out Fontaine location, you will need to leave the 545 building and go to the 415 for the second portion of your exam. 

Questions about your exam?  Call (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Fluoroscopy Scheduling
Please call us at (434) 243-0321 to schedule your Fluoroscopy procedure.  Prior to scheduling your appointment, we will confirm that we have received a physician's order.