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What is fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is an advanced type of X-ray imaging that provides continuous images. Whereas a standard X-ray takes a single snapshot, fluoroscopy takes many snapshots in rapid succession, allowing healthcare providers to create real-time imaging of internal body processes and movements, like an X-ray movie.

As it is an X-ray imaging technique, a fluoroscopy involves passing an X-ray beam through the body, which transmits the images to a monitor. Fluoroscopy tests generally require the use of a contrast agent, such as a dye, to provide accurate results.

Fluoroscopies can be used to aid diagnosis as well as provide guidance during procedures like surgeries or catheter placements.

Why is fluoroscopy important in healthcare?

Fluoroscopy is a helpful tool for healthcare providers to diagnose a wide variety of health problems. Providers may use fluoroscopy as a standalone tool, or in conjunction with other tools, to provide an accurate diagnosis.

The imaging technique can give insight into the functioning of various body parts, such as bones and muscles, and may even be used to look at a whole system of the patient, such as the respiratory and skeletal systems. Because it is able to provide images of movement within the body, a fluoroscopy can be a key test in making a diagnosis. Additionally, because fluoroscopy can be used to guide surgeries and procedures, it can help providers make more precise movements leading to better patient outcomes.