University Diagnostics offers joint procedures using fluoroscopy at our Hall of Fame location. Appointments can be scheduled during standard business hours when a sub-specialized radiologist is on-site. A provider order is required to perform these studies.
A Better Fluoroscopy Experience
What is a Fluoroscopy Exam?
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures—similar to an X-ray “movie.” A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
Some joints, such as the hip and shoulder, are complex structures making accurate diagnoses more difficult. To better visualize the entire joint structure, your doctor may order an “arthrogram” with an MRI or CT to follow. The arthrogram uses live-action X-ray to inject contrast dye directly into the joint. The injection is performed by a radiologist under a local anesthetic. The injection may be slightly painful and you may feel pressure in the joint as the injection is performed. The radiologist and technologist will take steps to make you comfortable. The MRI or CT will be performed directly after the arthrogram is performed so the injected dye will be visible providing more clarity to the structures in the joint.
- To insure the body part being studied is accessible, you will be asked to change into a gown.
- Arthrograms exams typically take about 30. Arthrograms are followed by an MRI or CT exam which will take an additional 15-30 minutes.
- The area to be injected is cleansed with antiseptic, and a sterile drape is placed around the injection site. Using a small needle, your doctor will inject local anesthetic first.
- Once the area is numb, a larger needle will be used to inject the contrast material. In some cases, joint fluid is removed with a needle prior to injection.
- The radiologist will visualize the joint to confirm that the contrast material is within the joint.
- You may have soreness, swelling, or a feeling of fullness around your joint after the procedure. Do not overuse or stress the joint directly for a few days after the arthrogram, and use ice application to help with any swelling or discomfort.