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Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.
Fluoroscopy is used in a wide variety of examinations and procedures to diagnose or treat patients. Some examples are:
Barium X-rays and enemas (to view the gastrointestinal tract)
Catheter insertion and manipulation (to direct the movement of a catheter through blood vessels, bile ducts or the urinary system)
Placement of devices within the body, such as stents (to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels)
Angiograms (to visualize blood vessels and organs)
Orthopedic surgery (to guide joint replacements and treatment of fractures)