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Fluoroscopy

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.

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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)