What Is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures--similar to an X-ray "movie." A continuous X ray beam is passed via the body part being analyzed. The beam is transmitted into a TV-like monitor so that its movement and the body part could be viewed in detail. As an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Fluoroscopy could be performed to assess specific regions of the entire body, including muscles, the bones, and joints, along with solid organs, like the heart, lung, or kidneys.

Other related procedures that could be utilized to diagnose problems of the bones, muscles, or joints include X-rays, myelography (myelogram), computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and arthrography. Please see these procedures for additional information.

Reasons for the procedure

Fluoroscopy might be used together with therapeutic media or other diagnostic or processes, or may be used by itself as a diagnostic procedure.

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