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explain the difference between fluoroscopy and general radiology?

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Dr. Peter Bream
Radiology 25 years experience
Both use X-rays: By general radiology i assume you mean conventional radiographs like a chest x-ray. The difference between that and fluoroscopy is that fluoroscopy is a video camera hooked up to a continuous x-ray source. This allows doctors to see blood vessels when contrast is injected or help guid wires and catheters through the body for treatment. A conventional radiograph is a single pulse of radiation.
Dr. Arnold Friedman
Radiology 46 years experience
Tv and stills: Fluoroscopy involves looking at a moving picture of the body. A general x-ray is a still picture. Identical to the difference between a vidoe camera and a snapshot.
Dr. Ernst Garcon
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Good question: Radiology is a static image acquired using x-ray. Fluoroscopy is a dynamic (in motion) image acquisition using x-ray.

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How long does it generally take an arthritic foot to fuse? Its been five years so far that's its been trying to fuse.

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