Your comfort and Safety is our priority

Your safety, health and comfort is our priority. We would like you to know that:

  • Fluoroscopy is not painful. The Radiologist will make every effort to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure.  Talk to your doctor about local anesthesia, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia as options for your particular exam.
  • The Radiologist will make every effort to utilize the lowest amount of radiation necessary to safely complete the procedure.

Before your Interventional Radiology Procedure

  • You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exposure of the body part being examined.
  • You will also be required to change into a patient gown and shorts.  All necessary items will be provided. 

During your Interventional Radiology Procedure

  • You will be positioned on the examination table and cleaned with an aseptic solution.  Depending on the type of procedure, you may be asked to hold your breath for brief periods of time while the fluoroscopy is being performed.  Motion interferes with obtaining good X-ray images.
  • Contrast dye may be injected into the IV line in order to better visualize the organs or structures being studied depending on the type of procedure.
  • For procedures that require catheter insertion into any body part, an additional line insertion site may be used in the groin, wrist, or other site.
  • An X-ray machine will be used to produce the fluoroscopic images during the procedure.
  • After the procedure has been completed, all catheters and IV lines will be removed.

Interventional Radiology Procedure

Interventional Radiology Procedure

After your Interventional Radiology Procedure

Depending on what time of procedure you are having performed, the care required afterwards may vary.  For some procedures, patients are required to recover for several hours with their leg immobilized after the catheter is removed.  Other procedures have a shorter recovery period.

The type of care required after the procedure will depend on the type of fluoroscopy that is performed. Certain procedures will likely require a recovery period of several hours with immobilization of the leg or arm where the catheter was inserted. Other procedures may require less time for recovery.   

If you experience any pain, redness, or swelling at the insertion site after your procedure, please notify your doctor immediately.   

Your doctor will give you additional detailed instructions related to your care after the procedure.

Interventional Radiology Recovery Room

Interventional Radiology Recovery Room