What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is an imaging test that captures real-time, moving images of internal organs and tissues. It uses a special type of X-ray called fluoroscopy, which produces a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, allowing doctors to watch the organs and tissues as they move and function.

What is Fluoroscopy used for?

Fluoroscopy is used to diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, including:

  • intestinal disorders
  • kidney stones
  • ulcers
  • abdominal pain
  • obstructed intestines
  • hiatal hernias
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • abnormalities in the liver, stomach, small intestine, and gallbladder
  • unexplained chest pain
  • pericardial diseases
  • occult bleeding
  • recurrent vomitting or diarrhea
  • gastrointestinal tract obstruction

How is a Fluoroscopy Procedure Performed?

Prior to the procedure, the patient's upper back, shoulders, and chest are covered with a lead shield to protect them from radiation. The patient will then drink a chalky liquid to help make the organs and tissues easier to see on the monitor. The patient will then lie down on a table and the X-ray machine will be positioned above them. The technician will move the X-ray machine and take the images, which the doctor can view on a monitor. The patient may need to change positions during the procedure to get different angles. Depending on the procedure, the patient may need to stay in a certain position for several minutes.

What Risks Are Associated With A Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is used in medical procedures to diagnose and treat medical conditions. As with any other X-ray exam, there is a small amount of radiation exposure. However, most fluoroscopy procedures involve a very low dose of radiation, and the risk of radiation damage is negligible. As with any other medical procedure, patients should discuss the risks and benefits with their doctor before the procedure.