Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor of the internal structures of the body.
It is used to diagnose or treat patients by displaying the movement of a body part or contrast agent through the body. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an x-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
Uses of Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures. Some examples include:
- Barium x-rays and enemas (to view movement through the GI tract)
- Catheter insertion (to direct the placement of a catheter during angioplasty or angiography)
- Blood flow studies (to visualize blood flow to organs)
- Orthopedic surgery (to view fractures and fracture treatments)
Preparation for fluoroscopy depends on the type of exam that is ordered. You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything for hours prior to your exam, or to cleanse the large intestine with a prep kit given to you by your physician.