Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique which uses x-rays to take images of the body in real time that can be viewed on a monitor and digitally recorded. This is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures.


    Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique which uses x-rays to take images of the body in real time that can be viewed on a monitor and digitally recorded. This is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures.

    Applications include examinations of the digestive tract (barium meal, barium enema), reproductive organs and the urinary system (genito-urinary system).

    In most fluoroscopy procedures radiographic contrast agents are used to highlight organs that normally can only be seen as shadows on a plain radiographs. Contrast agents include barium, air, and iodinated contrast media.


    Preparation instructions will vary, and will be dependent upon the procedure required, area of interest and your medical history. You will be provided with special instructions upon making your booking.

    This may include fasting (generally 4 hours), however this will be explained to you at the time of the booking.

    You will need to bring:

    • Your referral form
    • Any relevant previous imaging
    • Your Medicare card, and any concession cards

    When you attend your appointment at Lake Imaging you will be asked to answer a few safety questions, remove any jewellery, watches etc, then change into an examination gown. Depending upon the test you are having done, you may be given a contrast agent which is introduced through ingestion, an enema, or an injection through a vein, usually at the elbow.

    Our staff will explain the procedure to you. You will be asked to lie on an x-ray table in a position that enables optimal visualisation of the area of interest, and you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds, to reduce movement. The length of the examination varies according to the type of type of procedure and the body part being examined, but you should expect to be with us for at least an hour.


    Post care is dependent upon the type of procedure. For many studies you can return to normal activities straight away, however, for some you may be required to arrange transport to and from your appointment. Any post-procedure care will be fully explained at the time of booking. You should contact your doctor if you notice any pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site as this could be an allergic reaction.

    One of our Radiologists (a doctor specialising in the interpretation of medical images), will prepare and send a report to your referring doctor detailing the findings of your examination. It is very important you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results. If your results are urgent, or you have an appointment straight after the scan with your doctor or health care provider, Lake Imaging will arrange to have your results available immediately delivered to your referring doctor.


    As with any medical procedure there is always a chance of complication. Infection resulting from this procedure is extremely rare, but on rare occasions, a person may have an allergic reaction to the x-ray contrast.

    X-rays require the use of ionising radiation.  As with all x-rays, there is always a slight risk as you will receive a small dose of radiation.  X-rays are only performed where it is deemed the benefit of the examination will outweigh any potential risks. At Lake Imaging you can be assured that using the latest technology and with staff trained in radiation reduction techniques, radiation doses are kept as low as reasonably possible.  Our state of the art x-ray equipment uses minimal amounts of x-rays to produce the best quality images for a diagnosis.

    If it is possible that you may be pregnant, please tell our radiology team before your x-rays are taken to avoid any risks to your unborn child.

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    A barium enema uses fluoroscopy to obtain x-ray images of your lower gastrointestinal tract (which includes your rectum and colon). This procedure involves the use of a liquid suspension of barium sulphate. Barium is a chalky white liquid that enables the gastrointestinal tract to be seen on x-ray images

    Your doctor may refer you for a barium enema to investigate the possibility of an abnormality in your lower gastrointestinal tract.


    The preparation for a barium enema involves cleansing of the bowel using Picolax bowel preparation. It is essential for this examination that the bowel is as clear as possible otherwise the examination may need to be repeated.

    At the time of booking you will be given Picolax and detailed instructions for your bowel preparation which you are required to begin two days prior to your appointment.

    Lake Imaging recommends that someone should accompany you to and from your appointment.

    Please bring your referral form, any relevant previous imaging, along with your Medicare card and any other concession cards.


    During a barium enema examination, you will be required to change into a gown, with your underwear removed and lie on an examination table. A lubricated enema tube will be gently inserted into your rectum. A barium bag will be connected to the tube to slowly introduce the barium solution into your colon.

    The barium solution temporarily coats the lining of your colon. This provides a silhouette of the shape and condition of the inner lining of your colon on X-ray images. Air may also be introduced to expand the colon and improve the quality of images

    The tube that is used to introduce the barium has a small balloon near its tip. When positioned at the entrance of your rectum, the balloon helps keep the barium inside your body. As your colon fills with barium, you may feel the urge for a bowel movement. You will be asked to take long deep breaths and resist the urge to expel the tube. Abdominal cramping may sometimes be experienced. This will resolve shortly after the barium is removed.

    You will be asked to turn and hold various positions on the examination table. This helps to ensure that your entire colon is coated with barium and allows the radiologist to examine the colon from various angles. You may also be asked to hold your breath several times throughout the examination.


    After the examination, most of the barium will be drained from your colon through the enema tube. When the tube is removed, you will be able to use the toilet; this will enable you to expel additional barium and air.  You will be free to leave the clinic shortly after the procedure and you may return to normal activity the following day. You may eat and drink normally.

    If medically urgent, or you have an appointment immediately after your x-ray to see your referring doctor or health care provider, Lake imaging will arrange to have your results available immediately.  Otherwise, your referring doctor or health care provider will receive your report within 48 hours of your examination.

    Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your barium enema results.

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