Fistula/ Sinus Tract Study

What is a Fistula/Sinus Tract Study and what does it do?

A fistula is an abnormal connection between an organ, vessel, or intestine and another structure. Fistulas are usually the result of injury or surgery. It can also result from infection or inflammation.

A sinus tract is a small uncharacteristic channel in the body. A tract usually goes from the cause of infection to the skin’s surface.

A fistula sinus tract study will examine a sinus cavity to check for communication or size of the cavity.

Who performs the test?

The examination is performed by a doctor specially trained in Radiology (Radiologist) and a licensed Radiologic Technologist RT (R).

Where does it take place?

At Jackson Hospital in the Radiology Department.

How long does it take?

Approximately 30 minutes to an hour.

What can I do to make it a success?

  • Bring your orders with you when you come for your x-ray.
  • If you are pregnant, please let your physician know BEFORE you come to hospital for your study.
  • Be sure to follow any preparation instructions you were given.
  • It is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing for the exam. You will need to remove any metallic objects that may be in the path of the x-ray beam (belts, zippers, piercings, etc). To reduce the risk of valuables being lost, it is recommended that they be removed prior to entering the exam room or simply left at home.

What should I do before the exam?

We need a recent Creatinine (within 30 days) if you are 50 years of age or older. This is a lab draw and can be done prior to your study.

Our x-ray I.V. contrast contains iodine. If you are allergic to iodine, contact your physician. Your exam may need to be changed.

What happens during the exam?

  • First, the technologist will explain the exam and may ask you historical questions that aid in obtaining a more diagnostic exam. You will be asked to sign consent for prior to your procedure.
  • You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • You will be asked to lie on a padded exam table (usually on your back). The doctor will speak to you prior to your study and answer any questions you might have.
  • The radiologist will insert a small foley catheter into the sinus tract, inject contrast material and then take x-ray images to evaluate the sinus cavity.

What should I do after the exam?

The radiologist will review your image(s) and a final report will go to your ordering physician in 24–48 hours.

Contact Information:

Hospital (main operator): (850) 526-2200
Radiology Department: (850) 718-2580

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