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X-ray and fluoroscopic procedures

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X-rays create images of the inside of the body. Fluoroscopy is a type of “live” X-ray that lets doctors see parts of the body move in real time.

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The X-ray is the oldest type of medical imaging. It’s still the medical imaging technology that is used most often today.

Fluoroscopic procedures are tests that use photos and video to see parts of the body as they move in real time. This lets doctors watch a heart as it pumps or see how someone swallows, for example.

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About these imaging tests

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  • A technologist will greet you after check-in and bring you to the exam area. We may ask you to remove clothing and jewelry and change into an exam gown.

    Depending on the type of exam, you may lie down on the exam table or stand upright against the image plate. It's important to stay very still and do what the technologist tells you. This will help us get the clearest and best images possible.

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  • There is no preparation needed for X-ray exams. We just need your doctor's orders for the X-ray. Appointments are not required. X-rays are done on a walk-in basis at Madison Center, Broadway, Northgate Plaza, Bellevue and Downtown.

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  • For general questions, please call us at 1-206-329-1760. For billing questions, call us at 1-260-860-4500. For appointments, call us at 1-206-860-5496.

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Types of X-ray and fluoroscopic exams

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Intra-articular joint injection  

This is a type of X-ray that uses an injection (shot) to help look at joint (where two bones meet) spaces.

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Barium study  

This is a type of fluoroscopy exam that uses a contrast (X-ray dye) called barium to look at the digestive tract.

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Hysterosalpingogram  

This is a type of fluoroscopy exam that looks at the inside of the uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes.

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Cystogram and voiding cysto-urethrogram  

This is an imaging exam that uses contrast and fluoroscopy to take pictures of the bladder.

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Lumbar puncture  

A lumbar puncture is also known as a spinal tap. This exam is done to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

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Chest fluoroscopy, sniff test  

Chest fluoroscopy or a sniff test is a "live" X-ray done to look at your diaphragm when you breathe.

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