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What is a fluoroscopy exam?

What is a fluoroscopy exam?

Real time x-rays: There are many types of fluoroscopy exams. Fluoroscopy allows us to watch x-ray images acquired repeated over a short time segment to give a video appearance - such as watching you swallow or watching fluid move within the bowel. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Fluoroscopy (Definition)

Medical imaging technique using x-rays for real-time visualization of body structures on a video display. Commonly used for image guidance, interventional procedures(e.g. angiography), and for diagnostic studies such as ...Read more


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What is a fluoroscopy exam? What should I expect?

What is a fluoroscopy exam? What should I expect?

A Dynamic study.: You should expect to drink a suspension of barium sulfate (sometimes flavored) and you will be asked to move to certain positions in order to obtain the best possible pictures of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum and small bowel, depending on which body parts your doctor wants evaluated. For a barium enema the contrast is inserted through a rectal tube and the colon is evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fluoroscopy?

What is the definition or description of: fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy=: Medical imaging technique using x-rays for real-time visualization of body structures on a video display. Commonly used for image guidance, interventional procedures(e.g. angiography), and for diagnostic studies such as an Upper GI series. ...Read more

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Does anyone know from experience how painful fluoroscopy is?

Not painful.: Fluoroscopy is the live visualization of your body with x-rays. No pain is felt. If it is done with probes in the body, that can cause pain. But the visualization is not felt at all. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a video fluoroscopy?

How common is it for someone to need a video fluoroscopy?

Difficult 2 swallow?: Video fluoroscopy is usually ordered in the setting of having difficulty swallowing or aspiration. Sometimes this happens following a stroke. Usually a speech therapist and radiologist perform the study together with the speech therapist giving liquids and solids of varying consistency. The images are analyzed for normal swallowing mechanism and to exclude aspiration (food/liquid entering airway). ...Read more

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Explain the difference between fluoroscopy and general radiology?

Explain the difference between fluoroscopy and general radiology?

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. ...Read more

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Will I have to get poked with a needle when I get a fluoroscopy?

No unless: No needle, but some the doctor want certain area and this area could not be seen without injecting a dye to the vien. ...Read more

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Does fluoroscopy heal a bulging disc?

Does fluoroscopy heal a bulging disc?

No: Fluoroscopy is a technique to get x-ray images that can be done live. It is used for diagnosis and as an aid during procedures. Like x-rays and ct scans it involves the use of radiation to obtain images of the body. ...Read more

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How often is it safe to have a nerve block with fluoroscopy ?

Wrong question!: Fluoroscopic guidance helps quide the needle for accurate placement and injection. I do not agree with the "apin treatment" priciple that you need as course of three. If no benefit is achieved with the first injection, subsequent ones will not deliver. Keep in mind, old-time anesthiologists did nerve blocks without fluoroscopic guidance! ...Read more

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Is it okay to take prescription medication before a fluoroscopy?

Yes, usually: Depending on what you are having done with fluoroscopy, taking your normal prescriptions is advised, especially if it is diabetes or blood pressure medicine. Follow your doctors instructions regarding eating and drinking before your procedure. Taking medicines with a sip of water is usually allowed. Some procedures do not require sedation and do not have restrictions. ...Read more

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Please tell me the difference between X-ray and fluoroscopy machine?

Please tell me the difference between X-ray and fluoroscopy machine?

Still Vs Movie: Both machines make imagews using x-rays. A fluoroscopy machine is designed to produce real-time images that can be view on a monitor. They also have the capability to acquire snapshots (spot images) during fluoro imaging. A regular x-ray unit produces still images like bone or chest x-rays. ...Read more

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What can they do to reduce X-ray exposure to patients during fluoroscopy?

Not much: Newer equipment will often have less radiation. "pulsed" fluoroscopy is used with children. Shielding with lead apron may be used. Your best protection is to avoid fluoroscopy or have an experienced radiologist. ...Read more

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What is a significant thing radiographers can do to reduce X-ray exposure to patients during fluoroscopy?

Do it fast.: Using the least amount of fluoroscopy time is the most important factor. Collimating the x-ray beam to the smallest size required to cover the area of interest will reduce exposure further. Using fewer frames per second during digital fluoro is another factor as is using a higher voltage x-ray beam. ...Read more

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Are thoractic trigger point injections done under fluoroscopy?

Can be: Can be done either way. It is not required, depends on the anatomic location and doctor preference. ...Read more

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What type of doctor can order a video fluoroscopy?

What type of doctor can order a video fluoroscopy?

A radiologist: Fluoroscopy is typically done by a trained radiologist. There are various exams that use this technique of doing real time x rays as the procedure is performed with storage of represented images. ...Read more

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Can fluoroscopy of epidural injection be put on a CD that was done over a year ago? Or do those images not exist because it is a live x-ray?

Can fluoroscopy of epidural injection be put on a CD that was done over a year ago?  Or do those images not exist because it is a live x-ray?

Yes-: if images were saved. You will have to sign a release form. Some places will charge a fee for the disc. Call the hospital or office where procedure was performed. ...Read more

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Had a fluoro-guided spinal tap that ended up being dry. Needle was put in 2 spots, but no fluid. Does this happen often, even w/ fluoroscopy guidance?

An unsuccessful : spinal tap happens in a very small percentage of cases. Usually it is due to spinal deformity, severe degenerative arthritis, or inability of the patient to hold still. ...Read more

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What is the average cost of hip injection under fluoroscopy in a hospital radiology department?

Average: National costs may not help you individually. Consider calling the facilities in your area and asking for what they charge. ...Read more

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What is the purposeful of doing the fluoroscopy examination? Why it has to be this except e.G. Ct or x-ray? Why fluoroscopy is so important?

What's wrong?: Like any test fluoroscopy seeks to answer a specific question, commonly screening for oral, esophagus, stomach or small bowel disease. It is less commonly used to evaluate the colon than in the past. We even evaluate diaphragm motion with it. ...Read more

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