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What is a Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a form of diagnostic radiology that enables the radiologist, with the aid of a contrast agent, to visualize the organ or area of concern via x-ray. This contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a television monitor or screen. Contrast agents (or "contrast media" as they are also known) may be introduced into the body through injection, swallowing or an enema.

Common uses of this procedure

Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, such as barium x-rays, cardiac catheterization, and placement of intravenous (IV) catheters (hollow tubes inserted into veins or arteries). In barium x-rays, fluoroscopy allows the physician to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them. Fluoroscopy is also used to guide the placement of a needle during a joint injection, either for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. This ensures that the contrast or anesthetic is administered accurately.

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