flouroscopy studies


X-Ray and Contrast for a Complete Picture

Fluoroscopy studies use X-rays to examine soft tissue organs such as the stomach, liver and intestines.  Under normal X-ray view, these structures have a unique density that only provides an outline image of the organ; the inner parts of these structures. cannot be visualized.  When we add a barium or IV dye contrast to the study, full views of these structures can be seen and evaluated. 


Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Preparing For Your Fluoroscopy Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible study results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your Fluoroscopy exam.  These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

For premenopausal women, this exam must be performed between day 5–10 of the patient’s menstrual cycle. Thirty to sixty minutes prior to exam, take 800 mg of Ibuprofen (if allowed by your doctor) with food. This exam cannot be performed during the patient’s menstrual period, if there is a possibility of the patient being pregnant, patient is pregnant, or patient has a pelvic infection.

The Upper GI exam lasts approximately 1 hour. The Upper GI with Small Bowel exam lasts from 2-5 hours. We ask our patients to not take medications by mouth on the day of the exam as this could interfere with the quality of the exam. However, please consult with your physician if there are
medications that you feel are necessary to take.

Morning Appointments
• After 8 pm the day prior to your exam, do not eat any solid food.
• After 8 pm and until midnight the day prior to your exam, drink ONLY CLEAR LIQUIDS.
• After midnight, do not eat, drink (NOT EVEN WATER), smoke or chew gum until your
examination is completed.


SMALL BOWEL FLUOROSCOPY - No preparation is required.

CHEST FLUOROSCOPY - No preparation is required.



Water, coffee or tea (with sugar but without cream/milk/artificial whitener), clear soft drinks, consommé (other clear soups, strained), clear fruit juices (no pulp) including apple/cranberry/ grape and strained orange juices. No dairy products, no solid food, no jello. IMPORTANT: Eating solid foods when clear liquids are specified may require rescheduling your appointment.

If you have any follow-up questions about these important preparations, or other types of Fluoroscopy studies, please contact the Washington DC office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the Technologist.