What is Fluoroscopy?

A fluoroscopy is a specialized X-ray that produces real-time images of your internal organs by passing a continuous, low-dose X-ray beam through your body. The resulting images are displayed on a monitor or computer screen for the doctor to examine. In order to highlight the area being examined, many patients are given contrast dye during the procedure - a harmless radioactive agent that temporarily alters how x-rays interact with soft tissues.

When is Fluoroscopy Used?

Doctors prescribe fluroscopies in order to evaluate the movement and function of your internal organs, or to help guide them during minor surgical procedures, such as the placement of a catheter or a pacemaker. Fluroscopies are also used to check the status of your gastrointestinal tract, assess blood flow,  and locate foreign objects in the body.

What Happens During a Fluoroscopy X-Ray Procedure?

During a fluoroscopy, you will be asked to put on a medical gown, to give the technologist better access to the body parts being scanned. You'll also have to take off any metal or plastic accessories, such as jewelry, bracelets, or piercings. The technologist will then ask you to lie down on the exam table or stand in front of the x-ray machine.

What Are the Benefits and Risks of Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopies are painless and non-invasive way to diagnose diseases and guide clinicians during medical treatments. During a fluoroscopy, you'll be exposed to small amounts of radiation. How much depends on the type of procedure you undergo. To reduce your exposure and ensure your health and safety, our radiologists use digital images and flat-panel detector systems and will keep the exam as short as possible.

How Do You Schedule a Fluoroscopy Exam?

If you're interested in scheduling a fluoroscaopy, please enter your contact information on our appointments page.