Fluoroscopy is a procedure that combines x-ray imaging with a fluorescent screen, an image intensifier, and a TV-like camera and monitor to provide real-time, live images. It is particularly helpful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys and gallbladder. A contrast agent, such as barium, is often used to highlight the area and enable the physician to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them.
Fluoroscopy is used in a wide variety of examinations and procedures to diagnose or treat patients, including:
- Barium X-rays and enemas
- Catheter insertion and manipulation
- Placement of devices within the body, such as stents
- Orthopedic surgery