North Fork Radiology performs a full range of specialized x-ray examinations utilizing fluoroscopic technique (real-time xrays) including Barium Enema, Upper GI Series, Small Bowel Series, Barium Swallow, Voiding Cystourethrogram, Hysterosalpingogram. We also perform Bone Densitometry exams.
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique utilizing X-rays to produce real-time images of various parts of the body. Typically, a technologist or physician performs the exam with the patient on an xray table. The patient table has the ability to rotate and move to best capture various angles of xrays of the body. For some fluoroscopic exams, the patient ingests or has contrast material inserted into various parts of the body to help better highlight specific structures being examined.
An upper GI Series is an exam of the upper portion of your digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach and duodenum, sometimes extending to examine the full extent of the small bowel). An Upper GI Series can evaluate for a blockage, abnormal growth, ulcer, or a problem with digestive function.
You will be asked to undress and change into a gown. A technologist will position you on an exam table. During the procedure you will drink barium, a thick, white, milkshake-like liquid. Barium coats the inside lining of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, and small intestines, and makes them show up more clearly on the x-rays. Using a machine called fluoroscope, the Radiologist is also able to watch your digestive system work as the barium moves through it. An Upper GI series takes between 1 and 3 hours. This is dependant on how fast the barium travels through your system and enables the technologist to acquire the proper pictures. The examination is not painful. The barium may cause constipation.
Your stomach and small intestine must be empty for the procedure to be accurate, so the night before you will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight.
Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, or DEXA) is an exam using multiple X-ray beams to measure bone mineral density. Bone Densitometry is typically used to diagnose and follow osteoporosis. Your doctor may order this study if you are over a certain age, or if you have some specific risks for decreased bone density.