Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures–similar to an X-ray “movie.” A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.


How is it performed?

During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.


What can a fluoroscopy diagnose?

Fluoroscopy exams can provide detailed “moving' images of entire body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems; or it can look at specific body organs, such as the heart, lungs, or kidneys.

When is fluoroscopy used?

Check if food is being properly swallowed and how the muscles of the mouth and throat are working. Guide medical procedures to place catheters, stents, or other devices inside the body, such as in the heart or blood vessels.

How long does a fluoroscopy take?

This exam is usually completed within 20 minutes. If a Small Bowel Exam is also performed, then the exam could take up to 4hrs.