ARA Health partners with Mission Health to offer the best of the best in Fluoroscopy technology. Our subspecialty-trained radiologists continually have an eye toward the latest innovations to ensure our patients have access to state-of-the-art imaging paired with advanced care and communication platforms, streamlining delivery of results and possible treatment plans.


About Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy uses real-time imaging to visualize internal structures in the body, allowing physicians to assess both anatomy and function. It can be used to diagnose and treat many conditions affecting blood vessels, bones, and joints, as well as the digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Physicians sometimes also use fluoroscopy for visual guidance during procedures, as they place tubes, catheters, or other devices inside the body.

Fluoroscopy technology is commonly used in the following imaging studies:

A facet block injection is a minimally invasive procedure involving the injection of medication into the facet joints on the back, which are located on each side of the vertebrae. The injection helps reduce inflammation in the tissue of the facet joint.
IVP is an exam that uses an injection of contrast material to evaluate kidneys, ureters, and the bladder. IVP often is used for patients who have reported blood in the urine or pain in the side or lower back.
A nerve root block is an injection that can help patients with chronic pain or inflammation. It works by blocking the transmission of pain signals along specific nerve distributions, which decreases pain by numbing the inflamed area, thereby allowing the damaged nerves to heal. This tool can help doctors identify more precisely where pain is coming from and determine whether surgery or other treatment is indicated.
Fluoroscopy generates real-time images of internal organs in motion. When the upper GI tract is coated with a barium-based contrast material, the radiologist is able to view and assess the anatomy and function of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500 with any additional questions or concerns.

How do I prepare for a fluoroscopy study?
Required preparation will vary depending on the type of fluoroscopy procedure. Some procedures don't require any special preparations, while others may require you to avoid certain medicines and/or to fast for several hours before the test. Your physician will provide you with a personalized plan for your upcoming procedure.
What can I expect during a fluoroscopy study?
Fluoroscopy is painless and patients remain awake during all fluoroscopy exams. Fluoroscopy sometimes requires a contrast material to make it easier to view organs in motion. Contrast is given either orally or intravenously. Your physician will provide you with specific information based before your procedure.