Fluoroscopy uses ionising radiation to obtain real-time moving diagnostic images to evaluate the function and structure of the internal body. It is often done while contrast media moves through the part of the body being examined. The contrast medium is barium sulphate, water-soluble, or iodine based. Fluoroscopy procedures diagnose and monitor medical conditions. These are painless procedures, however if you have an injury or painful clinical condition, you may experience some discomfort. 

We offer the following imaging services:

  • Barium enemas
  • Barium meals and follow-through studies
  • Barium swallows
  • Cystograms and retrograde urethrograms
  • Defaecograms
  • Sinograms and fistulograms
  • Speech studies

Please note:

  • Patients are responsible for obtaining authorisation for radiology procedures. Please contact us for assistance.
  • Women must inform their referring clinician and the radiographer on duty if there is any possibility that they may be pregnant.
  • The procedure will be discussed with each patient, ensuring that they are comfortable and understand what it entails.
  • Depending on the area that will be examined, patients may want to wear comfortable clothing. They may be asked to change into a hospital gown and to remove jewellery and other metallic items from their body.
  • At the time of the booking our staff will give patients clear instructions regarding any preparations prior to the procedure.
    • Patients must inform the radiologist and/or radiographer if they have impaired kidney function or any allergies to medication, iodine, or latex. 
    • All barium studies, including defaecograms, require eight to twelve hours fasting. 
    • Barium enema studies require a bowel prep. 
    • Patients should empty their bladders before cystograms and retrograde urethrograms.

Frequently asked questions

Barium is a thick, white liquid that is visible on X-rays. Depending on the necessary procedure, it will either be swallowed or introduced into the bowel through a tube inserted into the rectum. 

It may taste bitter and/or chalky. 

Yes, barium may cause constipation. To avoid constipation, drink lots of fluids and follow a high-fiber diet. 

There may be discomfort during catheterisation as well as when the contrast is introduced into the bladder, after which it will feel full.