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X-ray and fluoroscopy

An X-ray machine uses electromagnetic waves to create black-and-white pictures of the inside of your body. Trust medical imaging professionals at ProHealth Care to perform this quick, noninvasive procedure and limit your exposure to radiation.

When is X-ray used?

Your doctor may recommend an X-ray to:

  • Diagnose broken bones or fractures.
  • Assess your bone and joint health.
  • Find foreign objects in your body.
  • Look for breast cancer (mammogram).
  • Help diagnose or track treatment of lung conditions, such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer.
  • Diagnose digestive conditions, such as intestinal blockages.

Real-time X-ray: fluoroscopy

A special type of X-ray, called a fluoroscopy, creates a real-time, movie-like image that’s displayed on a screen. Before some tests, you may take contrast material that helps certain organs or structures show up more clearly. Your doctor may recommend a fluoroscopy to:

  • Examine a joint.
  • Diagnose digestive health conditions.
  • Find foreign objects in your body.
  • Detect blockages in your heart arteries.
  • Guide injections to your joints or spine.
  • Help position medical devices or catheters.

Fluoroscopy is available at ProHealth Care’s hospitals in Mukwonago, Oconomowoc and Waukesha, and the Pewaukee clinical campus.

Diagnostic fluoroscopy tests

Look to ProHealth for a wide range of diagnostic fluoroscopy exams, including:

  • Arthrography – Evaluates your joints.
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG) – Examines the uterus and fallopian tubes.
  • Lower gastrointestinal tract radiography (barium X-ray) – Looks at the large intestine (colon).
  • Myelogram – Assesses your spinal cord, nerve roots and spinal lining; may be used to check for disc abnormalities if you can’t undergo MRI.
  • Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography – Looks at your esophagus, stomach and upper small intestine.
  • Video fluoroscopic swallowing exam – Tests your ability to swallow so your care team can recommend foods you can eat safely.

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You’ll need a referral for most imaging services at ProHealth Care. To schedule your test, call 262-928-3000.

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