What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images. 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 day”) through the body can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy carries some risks, like X-ray. The radiation doses the patient receives varies depending on the individual procedure. Fluoroscopy can result in relatively high radiation doses, especially for complex interventional procedures which require fluoroscopy be administered for a long period of time. These risks are statistically small, and the benefits and medical needs of the patient outweigh the risks.
Why would I get a Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is used in a wide variety of examinations and procedures to diagnose or treat patients. Some examples are:
- Locating foreign bodies
- Image-guided injections into joints or the spine
Who cannot get a Fluoroscopy?
Woman who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant should check with their doctor before scheduling the exam. Ultrasound can be utilized instead of fluoroscopy for a live imagining technique.
How do I prepare for a Fluoroscopy?
Superior Performance Center will only perform fluoroscopy procedures that are same-day outpatient procedures. You may be asked to change into a gown and remove all piercings and leave all jewelry and valuables at home.