What Is Fluoroscopy?

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

Fluoroscopy may be performed to assess particular areas of the entire body, including muscles, the bones, and joints, together with solid organs, such as kidneys, lung, or the heart.

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

Reasons for the process

Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or can be utilized together with other diagnostic or curative media or processes.

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