Fluoroscopic imaging is sometimes described as a video X-ray. During a fluoroscopic procedure, a doctor is able to view real-time movement of parts inside the body.
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What is Fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopies are different from other types of X-rays in that they can be used in real-time to guide physicians during procedures. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body, and the resulting image is transmitted to a monitor so the medical team can watch the movement of a body part, an instrument or a contrast agent.
Benefits of a fluoroscopy
Technicians and physicians at Franciscan Health use fluoroscopy in a wide variety of procedures, including:
- Outpatient procedures such as a gastrointestinal scope
- Minor surgery such as cardiac catheterization
- Orthopedic surgery
Fluoroscopy benefits patients with:
- Non-invasive and painless methods to help diagnosis disease and monitor therapy
- Support for medical and surgical treatment planning
- Real-time guides for medical personnel as they insert catheters, stents or other devices inside the body, treat tumors or remove blood clots or other blockages