Fluoroscopy allows internal body movement to be shown as a video
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures. It’s much like an X-ray "movie" and is often done while a contrast dye moves through the part of the body being examined. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part and sent to a video monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, allows healthcare providers to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
Fluoroscopy may be used to evaluate specific areas of the body. These include the bones, muscles, and joints, as well as solid organs, such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.
Reasons you might need fluoroscopy
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of exams and procedures including:
- Barium X-rays – In barium X-rays, fluoroscopy used alone allows the healthcare provider to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them.
- Cardiac catheterization – In cardiac catheterization, fluoroscopy is used to help the healthcare provider see the flow of blood through the coronary arteries to check for arterial blockages.
- Electrophysiologic procedures – During clinical electrophysiologic procedures, fluoroscopy is used to treat patients with arrhythmias.
- Arthrography – X-ray to view a joint or joints.
- Placement of intravenous (IV) catheters (thin, hollow tubes put into veins or arteries) – For IV catheter insertion, fluoroscopy is used to guide the catheter into a specific location inside the body.
- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) –X-ray of the kidneys, bladder, and ureters.
- Hysterosalpingogram – X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
- Percutaneous vertebroplasty – A procedure used to treat compression fractures of the vertebrae (bones) of the spine.
Fluoroscopy is also used for:
- Lumbar puncture
- Locating foreign bodies
- Guided injections into joints or the spine
Fluoroscopy may be used alone, or may be used along with other diagnostic procedures.
There may be other reasons for your health care provider to recommend fluoroscopy.