Fluoroscopy examinations are generally used to evaluate the digestive tract organs, either the esophagus with a barium swallow, the intestines with a study of the small intestines, or the colon with a barium enema. 

How is the examination conducted?

This examination is conducted by specialized technologists supervised by a radiologist. A contrast product called barium is used to conduct this examination. It can be administered orally or rectally depending on the type of examination. Many images are taken during the examination, either as a short video or through conventional radiography. 

Joint or facet infiltration examinations also exist. During these examinations, an anti-inflammatory product is injected in the joint or on the facets of a vertebra to relieve chronic pain. 

The examination can last for between 15 minutes and 1 hour. 

What will I feel during the examination?

Some discomfort such as bloating, abdominal cramps or gas may be felt during the examination. This discomfort is transient and is mostly present during digestive tract examinations. 

For infiltrations, discomfort may be felt when the needle is introduced, followed by mild pressure. Following the injection, redness and warmth may be felt on the face and skin. These symptoms should disappear within 48 hours. 

How do I prepare for the examination?

Preparation differs based on the type of examination you will undergo. For some, you will need to fast. The barium enema examination requires a more rigorous preparation. When making the appointment, the clerk will tell you which preparation to follow. 

Results of the examination

You will not be given any results after your examination. The radiologist evaluates the images produced by the technologist and prepares a report describing the findings from the images. The report will then be sent to your doctor who will share the results with you. 

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