Simply put, fluoroscopy is live-action X-ray. It can be used to dynamically assess certain body functions and is most commonly used to investigate swallowing or bowel problems.

Fluoroscopic investigations such as a barium swallow or barium enema are performed by one of our Consultant Radiologists. The Radiologist has control of an X-ray camera to track the course of a contrast material – usually barium – as it passes through the body. Pictures are stored to allow detailed assessment once you have left the department.

For some investigations it is necessary to cleanse the bowel before you attend. To do this you will be given instructions to follow a special diet for on one or two days before you attend and you will be given sachets of bowel cleansing medicine.