What Is The Science of Fluoroscopy?

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

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

Other related procedures that could be used 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 advice.

Reasons for the process

Fluoroscopy may be utilized by itself as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used in conjunction with curative media or other diagnostic or processes.

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