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Fluoroscopy is an imaging tool that shows real-time images of the body, much like an X-ray movie. It allows radiologists to see internal organs at work. Fluoroscopy is used to evaluate the anatomy and function of a variety of body systems—skeletal, digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive. But it can also assist with guidance of needles and catheters and selective injection of contrast during a variety of procedures.

The body in motion.

Fluoroscopy allows us to generate real-time images of the body. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined and images are viewed on a monitor so that the body part can be dynamically evaluated. At Eastern Radiologists, we use fluoroscopy for a variety of procedures, including evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract, myelograms and MR arthrograms, to name a few. Exams are performed with state-of-the-art equipment to maximize image quality and minimize radiation dose. And as always, every image is interpreted by our subspecialized radiologists, who will assist your doctor in determining appropriate next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Joint Aspiration

Joint aspiration (arthrocentesis) involves withdrawing a fluid sample from a joint using a needle and syringe. This is often done under fluoroscopic guidance but can also done via ultrasound.

Joint Injection

Joint injection is a procedure for the treatment of inflammatory conditions. Under fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance, a needle is placed into the affected joint and an anti-inflammatory agent is injected.


Hysterosalpingography (HSG) evaluates the shape of the uterine cavity and the patency of the fallopian tubes. After placement of a flexible catheter into the uterine cavity, fluoroscopy is performed during injection of contrast material. Most commonly, this is performed in the evaluation of infertility.

Schedule an Appointment

Please have your doctor schedule your appointment for this service. If you have questions about your appointment or need to reschedule call 252.752.5000. This service is offered at the following locations:

Preparing for your appointment

*Please review the fluoroscopy instructions link prior to your appointment.

Barium Swallows, Upper GIs, Small Bowel Exams:

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

Barium Enemas (air or regular contrast)

For adult patients only:

  • Clear liquids after 12pm.
  • At 4pm, drink one bottle of magnesium citrate. (If magnesium citrate is unavailable at your pharmacy, please contact your referring provider for options.)
  • At 5pm, have a clear liquid meal.
  • At 6pm, take four whole, Dulcolax (bisacodyl) tablets (if not contraindicated). Do not chew or crush. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • At 5:30am, insert Dulcolax (bisacodyl) suppository in rectum and retain for 20 minutes, if possible.

On the day of the examination, do not eat or drink aside from a small amount of water with any medication.