Exam Preparation, Radiography

Fluoroscopy

Barium meal, Transit, Upper GI, Esophagus

Transit is an exploration of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach, duodenum) using a contrast agent that is absorbed orally. This examination is based on the use of x-rays and contrast agents.

Instructions: Fasting period (no eating, no drinking) from midnight the night before the procedure.

Duration: 10 minutes.

Small intestine, small bowel follow through

This examination consists of the visualization of the small intestine with the oral intake of barium. The barium travels through the digestive tract down to the small intestine. An x-ray is taken every 20 minutes.

Instructions: Fasting period (no eating, no drinking) from midnight the night before the procedure.

Duration:The duration of the test varies depending on the patient’s rate of digestion.

Hysterography/Hysterosalpingography

This radiological examination makes it possible to visualize the uterus and Fallopian tubes by means of the injection of radio-opaque material containing iodine.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes.

Depo-Medrol injection/Arthrography/Shoulder distension

This is a fluoroscopic examination that makes it possible to see inside a joint. It involves the injection of iodide in the joint in order to obtain images of the soft tissue and structures of the joint.

Instructions: No preparation necessary. 

Duration: 20 minutes.

Videofluroscopy/Deglutition

Videofluroscopy allows your speech therapist to observe your deglutition (swallowing) by means of x-rays. Barium, which is swallowed during the examination, appears on the x-ray and makes it possible to observe deglutition. The barium is mixed with food and drinks that must be consumed during the test. Barium is not dangerous and does not remain in the body for long.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes.