Fluoroscopy is a procedure which studies the movement of body structures, almost like an X-ray ‘movie’.
The scan works by an X-ray beam passing continuously through the body part that is being examined. The beam is then transmitted to a monitor so the body part can be viewed in detail by the technician. Fluoroscopy allows technicians to investigate body systems such as the skeletal, digestive and respiratory systems. However, it can also be used to look at specific areas such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.
This procedure is commonly used to diagnose diseases such as cancer or to provide guidance for physicians before carrying out treatments. This scan is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure while the patient is awake. This means they are able to continue with their day as normal once the scan is complete. However, Fluoroscopy may be used as an inpatient procedure in some circumstances, during which the patient is sedated. For example, the patient may be sedated when doing cardiac catheterization to examine the heart and its arteries.