Fluoroscopy & Hysterosalpingogram
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-Ray that allows images of your tissues and organs to be seen in real-time. The images appear on a screen, much like an ultrasound. Fluoroscopy is often used to examine the digestive system with a barium examination.
Barium is a contrast material used to create clearer images of your digestive system.
A Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-Ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the surrounding area.
Test Preparation & Instructions
- Stomach and Duodenum only: examination time 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Stomach, Duodenum and Small Bowel: examination time 1 to 3 hours.
- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your appointment , which includes chewing gum, candies and smoking.
- 48 hours before your appointment you may have a light lunch and dinner.
- 24 hours before your appointment you may have clear fluids only.
- No solid food until after the examination is complete.
The day before your appointment:
- 4:00 pm – Drink the entire contents of a Citromag solution with a large glass of water (or take 60mls of castor oil at 10am).
- 5:00 pm – Take 2 Dulcolax tablets with a large glass of water.
- 10:00 pm – Insert one Dulcolax Suppository.
- You may drink water up until your appointment time. Prescription medications may be taken with water. A clean colon gives the best results and avoids the need for re-examination.
- Abstain from sexual intercourse from the first day of menstrual period until the examination has been completed. Examination time is approx. 30 min.
All barium exams – Barium may cause constipation. Plenty of fluids should be taken after the examination. In addition, a laxative should be taken after the examination if there is any tendency to constipation.
During the test
When you arrive for your test, you will be asked to remove your clothing and put on a gown.
The radiologist performing the examination will join you in the examination room. Depending on the examination your physician requests: Esophagus, Stomach, Duodenum and Small Bowel Follow Through examination, you will be drinking barium. For a Barium Enema examination, Barium and air fills the Colon through a tube that is inserted into your rectum.
Examination times varies, please ask your physician how long the examination takes.
After the test
You may experience fatigue after the test and will be required to arrange for transportation after the examination.
Drink extra fluids after the test to avoid dehydration.
Your requisition form
To avoid delays on the day of your test ensure, that you bring your health card and your requisition. Also, confirm that your doctor included the following on your requisition form:
- Patient full name, sex, date of birth
- Phyiscian name and signature