• Xray and Fluoroscopy Scheduling

    Preparing for Your X-Ray and Fluoroscopy Visit

Our section serves over 45, 000 patients every year. Our priority is to see you in a timely manner with your safety and comfort in mind. The following, are the common steps which take place prior to your X-Ray and Fluoroscopy Exams. Please make sure you follow the steps listed below
Your Primary Care Physician (PCP) or Specialist will order your X-Ray or Fluoroscopy Exam
Your ordered exam will need to be approved by your insurance provider. ( We will do everything possible to facilitate this process, however, please note that most of the insurance provider approvals are beyond our control and have an expiration period)

-See the list of accepted Health Plans-

Routine X-Ray exams are done on walk-in basis in any of our locations.
Please be advised
For Fluoroscopy Exams (VCUG, Upper GI, Arthrogram, Barium Swallow, etc)

Your Doctor’s Office will schedule your appointment
You are asked to call Radiology Scheduling Line at 916-734-0655
Things you will be asked while scheduling your appointment
Date of birth
Insurance information
If you are claustrophobic
If you need General Anesthesia
If you have history of kidney disease
If you are currently on dialysis
History of any surgeries
If you have any medically implanted devices (AICD, Pacemaker, VNS, Medicine Pump, Cochlear implants)

Arriving for your appointment

Please make sure you arrive at least 20 minutes early prior to your scheduled appointment. This will allow you to complete the required safety and insurance paperwork

Please make sure you are arriving at correct location

Please wear comfortable clothing without metal as this may help expedite your exam and help reduce time from needing to change into a gown. 

We will make sure you are as comfortable as possible for your exam. In most situations, we may provide you with a leg cushion that provides back support and a warm blanket. Our rooms also have proper ventilation and lighting that may help you feel more comfortable.

What is a Diagnostic X-Ray?

When your physician needs to investigate a chronic cough, fever, abdominal ache or bone injury, diagnostic x-rays are a frequent, quick and effective imaging tool utilized for illness or injury evaluation.

X-rays are noninvasive tests that use x-ray beams which are passed through the body and captured on a computerized detector from which an image is made. X-rays may be performed on any body part. Although diagnostic x-rays use radiation, the amount for most exams is generally less than you would receive over the course of a year from the sun.

What is fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a tool which helps the Radiologist “see” inside the human body. The physician is able to examine a patient’s vascular system, anatomical structures, and organs with the aid of fluoroscopy.

What are the risks of fluoroscopy?

Talk to your physician about the risks of ionizing radiation. The amount of radiation used during a procedure can vary due to a many factors such as patient size and procedure duration. The Radiologist will make every effort to utilize the lowest amount of radiation necessary to safely complete the procedure.

If there is any possibility you may be pregnant, please notify your physician.

There is a risk for patients who are allergic to contrast dye. Please notify your doctor if you have a history of allergic reaction to contrast, iodine, latex, or medication. Patients with kidney problems should also notify their physician.

There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Feel free to ask questions and discuss any concerns with the Radiologist prior to the procedure. Your physician can explain how the clinical benefits of fluoroscopy outweigh the risks of radiation exposure during the medical procedure.

How long is the procedure?

A majority of GI (gastrointestinal) studies such as esophagram, Upper GI Small Bowel Follow-through and other gastrointestinal procedures will be performed within 60 minutes.

Most GU (genitourinary) studies such as Cystograms, VCUG, RUG (Retrograde Urogram) and other  Genitourinary imaging procedures will be performed within 60 minutes.

Lower GI (gastrointestinal) procedures, such as Barium Enema, require at least 90 minutes.

Routine X-rays are done within 10 to 15 minutes.

Can I take my medications prior to the exam?

All medications can be taken prior to an exam as prescribed however with minimal amounts of water. If medication requires food it may be taken any time after the completion of the exam.

Will I receive sedation for the procedure?

No sedation is required for any X-Ray and Fluoroscopy procedures.

Will I need someone to drive me home?

There is no need for a driver or additional assistance following any X-Ray of Fluoroscopy procedure unless normally required.

Should I drink extra fluids after the study is complete?

If your study requires consumption or administration of barium sulfate it is recommended that you mildly increase your fluid intake after the exam.


Barium Sulfate is a dense and inert (not chemically reactive) product that will remain within the gastrointestinal tract in trace amounts.

Dependent upon a patient’s motility a mild laxative could be helpful with the evacuation of residual barium sulfate. Consult your physician prior to using any laxative, it may cause dehydration.

How will the barium affect my bowel movements?

After the completion of the exams you will be able to resume your regular diet and activities unless informed otherwise by your physician.

Will I be able to consume a regular meal after the procedure?

After the completion of the exams you will be able to resume your regular diet and activities unless informed otherwise by your physician.

Will my physician receive my results?

The Radiologist interprets the results within a few days and the report should go out in about 5-7 working days. For your results please consult your Primary Care Physician or check MyUCDavisHealth.

We thank you for choosing UC Davis Health Radiology for your medical imaging.