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Fluoroscopy and IVPs

Billing questions

Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Huron Valley Radiology, PC, 866-744-1452
Monday - Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Request a price estimate

To request an estimate call 734-712-1500 or fill our web form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Patient Resources

Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like a movie displaying the movement of a body part, instrument or dye (contrast agent) in the body. During a fluoroscopy procedure, the image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.

Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures. Some examples include:

  • Barium X-rays and enemas (to view movement through the GI tract)
  • Catheter insertion (to direct the placement of a catheter during angioplasty or angiography)
  • Blood flow studies (to visualize blood flow to organs)
  • Orthopedic surgery (to view fractures and fracture treatments)
  • Joint injections for MRI and CT (Arthrograms)
  • Hysterosalpingograms (used to view the uterus and fallopian tubes)

Pediatric Fluoroscopy- Performed on patients from ages 12-18; for patients under the age of 12 and neonates, please see Ann Arbor
SJMHS-Ann Arbor has a pediatric radiologist on staff as well as radiographers specially trained in pediatric fluoroscopy procedures including:

  • Voiding Cystograms
  • Barium Enemas
  • Esophagrams
  • Upper GI and Small Bowel Studies

Intravenous Pyelograms (IVP) 
An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an X-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder that uses contrast (dye) injected into veins. When the dye is injected into a vein in the patient's arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract turning these areas bright white on the X-ray images. An IVP allows the doctor to:

  • Help diagnose medical conditions when symptoms, such as blood in the urine or pain, in the side or lower back, are present
  • Detect problems within the urinary tract resulting from:
    • kidney stones
    • enlarged prostate
  • Identify tumors in the kidney, ureters or urinary bladder
  • View images of the urinary tract prior to surgery

Outpatient fluoroscopy and IVP procedures are available at multiple locations allowing you to schedule around the rest of your day. Patients receive compassionate care and our team will work to decrease anxiety by explaining procedures thoroughly, addressing concerns, answering questions and making you as comfortable as possible.

Please call 734-712-1313 or 1-800-396-1313 and fax your order to 734-712-1380 or 800-338-9865 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6p.m. to schedule your exam.

If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call 734-712-0279 from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to be connected with specialized staff that can answer your questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat or drink before my fluoroscopy exam / IVP?
Generally you will not be able to eat or drink before your exam. Each test has a specific preparation that needs to be followed carefully to ensure that your body is properly prepared for the exam.

Can I take my medications on the day of my procedure?
Most medications may be taken with small sips of water. If you have questions about a specific medication, please check with your physician.

If I am a diabetic, should I take my normal dose of insulin the day of my procedure?
Please check-in with your physician prior to the day of your exam and ask him/her how much insulin is appropriate for you.

If I have a history of allergic reaction to contrast, what should I do?
If you have a history of allergic reactions, please inform your ordering physician of the following:

  • What test you were having at the time of the reaction,
  • When and what the reaction was (hives, shortness of breath, etc.).

The ordering physician will need to decide if it is safe to proceed with the exam and what, if any, additional preparations may be needed for your safety.

Can my family and/or friends come into the exam room with me for my procedure?
As a rule, we cannot allow extra people in the room during the procedure. In cases where it would be in the best interest of the patient (young children, special needs patients, etc.), we will allow one family member that is properly shielded in the room with the patient.

Will I be shielded (given a lead shield to protect areas not being imaged) for my procedure?
Yes, unless the anatomy of interest will be obstructed.

If I am pregnant or may be pregnant - can I still have my fluoroscopy procedure / IVP?
You will need to discuss the risks vs. the benefits of your ordered procedure with your physician. He/she will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if the exam should be done or if there are other options.

Where do I go for a scheduled fluoroscopy procedure?
At the Ann Arbor campus, all scheduled fluoroscopy procedures are performed in the Imaging Center located at 5301 E. Huron River Drive; Ypsilanti.

You may also gain access to your results utilizing the SJMHS Patient Portal (must be previously registered to utilize).   Reports are typically available on the Patient Portal 5 days post exam.

How do I obtain a copy of my report or images?

To obtain a copy of your report or images, please contact the Imaging Results Center (IRC) at 734-712-RADS (7237) or fill out an online request for imaging results.  Note:  The IRC requires 24 business hour notice to fulfill your request.  You will be able to pick up your material at the location you specified and will be required to present a photo ID and sign a release at the time of pickup. 

How can I find out the cost of a SJMHS imaging procedure?
Please refer to the general FAQ’s for information on how to obtain price estimates for mammography procedures.  Patients may call the SJMHS estimate line at 734-712-7392 (option 3 for facility estimates)

SJMHS also offers financial assistance program through the financial counseling department is reachable at 734-712-2009.

Who can I call if I have billing questions?
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

If you have questions about your bill from:

  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, call 734-712-3700 or toll-free 800-676-0431 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Huron Valley Radiology, PC, call toll-free 866-744-1452 Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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