At Florida Hospital, we ensure a thorough approach to diagnosing injury and ailments through a vast array of imaging technologies. Some of the diagnostic equipment within our facilities is found nowhere else in the Southeastern United States; some has been utilized for years to aid in clinical diagnoses. Take for instance fluoroscopy. This time-proven technique allows our physicians to observe movement and function of organs within the body in a completely safe, noninvasive manner.
What is fluoroscopy?
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, and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables doctors to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, muscles, and joints, as well as solid organs such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, such as barium X-rays, cardiac catheterization, arthrography (visualization of a joint or joints), lumbar puncture, placement of intravenous (IV) catheters (hollow tubes inserted into veins or arteries), intravenous pyelogram, hysterosalpingogram, and biopsies.
Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used in conjunction with other diagnostic or therapeutic media or procedures.
In barium X-rays, fluoroscopy used alone allows the doctors to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them. In cardiac catheterization, fluoroscopy is added to enable the doctor to see the flow of blood through the coronary arteries in order to evaluate the presence of arterial blockages. For intravenous catheter insertion, fluoroscopy assists the doctor in guiding the catheter into a specific location inside the body.
Other uses of fluoroscopy include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Locating foreign bodies
- Viscosupplementation injections of the knees. A procedure in which a liquid substance that acts as a cartilage replacement or supplement is injected into the knee joint.
- Image-guided anesthetic injections into joints or the spine
- Percutaneous vertebroplasty. A minimally invasive procedure used to treat compression fractures of the vertebrae of the spine.