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Fluoroscopy is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions or to guide physicians during certain treatment procedures. Unlike a static X-ray, fluoroscopy allows our doctors to look at moving surfaces of the soft tissues, like tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage and joint capsules. They can also view many body systems including skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory and reproductive organs.
We use fluoroscopy for a wide variety of examinations and procedures. These include:
• 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
Depending on the examination, fluoroscopy may be performed as a same-day hospital procedure or during a hospital stay while you are sedated. Examples include cardiac catheterization or to align and fix a fractured bone during surgery. We also perform fluoroscopy at many of our outpatient locations while you are awake or under light sedation. Examples of these procedures include an upper gastrointestinal series to examine the esophagus, stomach and small intestine or a barium enema to examine the colon.
During your procedure, you'll be given a contrast dye before being positioned on an X-ray table. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part and transmitted to a video monitor as an “X-ray movie."