Fluoroscopy is an enhanced x-ray that produces images on a television-like monitor.
Fluoroscopy is used in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys, and gallbladder. A fluoroscopy exam usually lasts 30 to 40 minutes. A contrast agent is needed to amplify the area of interest. You may be given instructions on a diet before your exam.
Fluoroscopic exams may include the following types of tests: barium swallow, upper GI series, small bowel series, barium enema, hystersalpingogram, voiding cystourethregram, myleogram, arthrogram, biopsy, lumbar punctures and facet injections.
The advantages of real-time imaging and the freedom to freely position the x-ray field during examination make fluoroscopy a very powerful diagnostic tool.
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