Fluoroscopy enables the radiologist to view many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory and reproductive systems. Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, as well as solid organs such as the heart, lung or kidneys.
The examination table can be lowered to approximately the size of an average chair, can be raised to a comfortable height for physicians to perform procedures, and has a wider opening between the table and the detector.
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, such as:
- Barium enema (colon)
- Small bowel
- Hysterosalpingograms (uterus and ovaries)
- Arthrograms (visualization of joints)
- Video swallowing
Fluoroscopy may be used alone as a diagnostic procedure, or may be used in combination with other diagnostic procedures. Other uses of fluoroscopy include, but are not limited to:
- Locating foreign bodies
- Cortisone injections