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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

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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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What does the ink in the fluoroscopy epidural steroid injection transforaminal supposed to look like?

What does the ink in the fluoroscopy epidural steroid injection transforaminal supposed to look like?

Transforaminal Inj: In the transforaminal approach to the epidural steroid injection the nerve is coated with the steroid/anesthetic mixture. Usually the dye can look like its outlining the nerve, outlining the epidural space or even outline both the nerve and epidural space. ...Read more

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Can the embryo have problems if you have fluoroscopy for lumbar injection on day 23 of your cycle. HCG was neg, then 1 week after procedure it was pos?

Can the embryo have problems if you have fluoroscopy for lumbar injection on day 23 of your cycle. HCG was neg, then 1 week after procedure it was pos?

Should be all orNone: Fetal X Ray exposure early in the first trimester is currently thought of as an "all or none" phenomenon. That is, since vital organs are just being formed, a mutation would likely kill the fetus if it did anything. X rays later in pregnancy may cause deformities which may carry into live births.
Thankfully, most Fluoro procedures (incl. Facet inj.) have quite limited dose, anyway.
Not to worry. ...Read more

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Fluoroscopy made to (10 month) son diagnosing esophageal disorders after loss consciousness, bend of back, stiffness. Will he be at cancer (x-ray) risk?

Fluoroscopy made to (10 month) son diagnosing esophageal disorders after loss consciousness, bend of back, stiffness. Will he be at cancer (x-ray) risk?

Low risk: A single set of fluoroscopic evaluations has a very low risk of triggering any cancer in a patients lifetime. He is much more likely to be severely injured in an accident than to develop such a problem. ...Read more

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Fluoroscopy made to (10 month) son to diagnose esophageal disorders after loss consciousness, bend of back, stiffness. Will he be at cancer (x-ray) risk?

Reflux R/O: This is being done to check for reflux being the cause of apnea
conventional radiology and fluoroscopy will expose him to radiation 5% as compared to radiation exposure from radon and terrestial radiation which is 50%
the test is important so the problem is corrected and fear of radiation should not prevent the use of the test ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot in wrist under fluoroscopy for numbness of carpal tunnel, I still have numbness just not as pronounced, but now have pain.?

I had a cortisone shot in wrist under fluoroscopy for numbness of carpal tunnel, I still have numbness just not as pronounced, but now have pain.?

Risks: Breast augmentation is safe but there are a number of short and long term risks. Short: infection, asymmetry, scar, hematoma, pain, nipple sensation changes, breast feeding changes. Long term: capsular contracture, rippling, breast ptosis, implant rupture. This is not a complete list to its best to seek a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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Referred to an interventional radiologist for a fluoroscopy procedure to examine SI Joint. Can injury to the L5 & sacrum be completely healed w/PT?

Referred to an interventional radiologist for a fluoroscopy procedure to examine SI Joint. Can injury to the L5 & sacrum be completely healed w/PT?

Unsure of diagnosis: We need to know the kind of documentation you have to make the diagnosis. Need to know why sicker than a joint imaging was being done. There are some inflammatory arthritis syndromes that might fit part of this. We need to discuss with your physician and consider seeing a rheumatologist ...Read more

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I am preparing semi automatic system for calculating the kinematics of flex-ex movement of cervical spine based on fluoroscopy. How can I convince the doctors about usefulness of this solution?

I am preparing semi automatic system for calculating the kinematics of flex-ex movement of cervical spine based on fluoroscopy. How can I convince the doctors about usefulness of this solution?

What are the goals,: Benefits, costs and risks especially when exposing patients to this amount of radiation in terms of the usefulness of this information above and beyond what is currently available? You need to answer those questions. ...Read more

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Radiologist: a fluoroscopy for epidural spinal injections for back pain (l5-s1). It's about the same radiation exposure for me as one chest X-ray?

Radiologist: a fluoroscopy for epidural spinal injections for back pain (l5-s1). It's about the same radiation exposure for me as one chest X-ray?

Not Exactly True: Depends on how long the procedure takes. Typically most epidural injections take about 15-20 sec of fluoroscopy time, that is in order of 10x less than typical chest x-ray. Now if injection takes longer than one minute (60 sec) of fluoroscopy time than you will be close for exposure. That's a lot of flouro for this injection! ...Read more

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I had a pelvic vein embolization guided by fluoroscopy dlp 4000mgy. Cm. 2 months later a chest ct dlp 272mgy. Cm ctdivol 6mgy and just 2 days later a repeat head ct basically 2 in 1:1800mgy. Cm Ctdivol 84mgy. Was that too much radiation? I was 22 only

I had a pelvic vein embolization guided by fluoroscopy dlp 4000mgy. Cm. 2 months later a chest ct dlp 272mgy. Cm ctdivol 6mgy and just 2 days later a repeat head ct basically 2 in 1:1800mgy. Cm Ctdivol 84mgy. Was that too much radiation? I was 22 only

No: I attached a nice radiation dose reference document for common radiology tests endorsed by American College of Radiology & RSNA. Basically, if we add your radiation exposure it would be comparable to about 6 years of natural background radiation. However, it's was even less since different body parts were exposed when you had pelvic congestion syndrome embolization treatment, CT chest & head exams ...Read more

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Does the physician need to have a fluroscopy license and fellowship as well?

Generally not: Most radiation producing machines are labelled that they must be used by or under the supervision of a physician. Hospitals will grant privileges for doctors and will generally allow the use of fluoroscopy, but anyone using these machines are monitored. ...Read more

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When inserting a Shiley catheter, is it better to use flouroscopy, rather than ultrasound, for placement?

When inserting a Shiley catheter, is it better to use flouroscopy, rather than ultrasound, for placement?

Ask your doctor: Anyone who is doing this procedure would have a set technique and policies in place for whatever visualizing equipment they are using. It does no good for someone else to tell you what they might use or think is better in their hands. ...Read more

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What preparations are required before having a colospy?

What preparations are required before having a colospy?

You need: To discuss this with your endoscopist but generally the day before is a bowel prep that includes clear liquids all day and some type of purgative that is at the discretion of your endoscopist. You also usually have to stop any meds that may interfere with your ability to clot in case of polyps or need for biopsy; again that is preference of your endoscopist ...Read more

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How repair undercuts during crown preparation?

How repair undercuts during crown preparation?

Lab: Most commonly the undercuts, if there are any, are blocked out in the lab. Occasionally the lab will make a index/guide for the dentist to use to modify the shape of the tooth before delivery of the crown. Before or during the preparation for a crown, a dentist may use any number of materials to block out undercuts. ...Read more

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Double red cell donation preparation. Any tips?

Nothing specific: Eat well 1-2 d prior (red meat and/or dark leafy greens good choices), hydrate well shortly before donation appointment. Continue to hydrate and eat well for 1-2 d after. Return cycle feels a little cool, other than that and using pheresis machine, not too much different feeling than 'regular' donation. Thanks!! ...Read more

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What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

What is the typical preparation for a colonoscopy?

Liquids and laxative: On the before the colonoscopy, you will be on a liquid diet all day and either drink an electrolyte solution or take a series of tablets-both of which will induce diarrhea. The prep usually takes 3 to 4 hours to run its course. ...Read more

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What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

What should I do in preparation for a colonoscopy?

Do a bowel prep: Stay on a clear liquid the day befor the colonoscopy. Your endoscopist should give you a prep sheet outlining the kind of laxative you should use to cleanse your colo. ...Read more