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Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that produces a continuous x-ray image on a monitor, much like an x-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, patients lay on a table as an x-ray beam is passed through the body and the image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part can be seen in real-time. Fluoroscopy is used in a wide variety of examinations and procedures to diagnose or treat patients. Exams such as an upper gastrointestinal series to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine, or a barium enema to examine the colon, or the reproductive system might be performed. Depending on the exam, you may be required to drink barium and the allotted time could range from 30 minutes to over an hour. The fluoroscopy procedure might require specific Exam Preparations which can be reviewed prior to your appointment.