Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor, much like an x-ray movie. It is used to diagnose or treat patients by displaying the movement of a body part or of an instrument or dye (contrast agent) through the body.
During a fluoroscopy procedure, an x-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures. Some examples include:
- Esophagus (Barium swallow): to identify Hiatal hernia, ulcers, muscle disorders in throat, blockages, GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) and cancerous and noncancerous tumors
- SBFT: to identify crohn’s disease, small bowel obstruction, inflammatory disease, abnormal masses or polyps, cancer of the small bowel and complications related to surgery on the abdomen or bowel.
- Upper GI: to identify ulcers, GERD, gastritis, duodenitis, cancer, dysphagia, abdominal pain and unexplained vomiting/indigestion
- Arthrogram: to identify joint abnormalities, such as cartilage tears and other injuries.