Taking a brief, single picture is what usually comes to mind when people think of X-ray. Specialty X-rays, done with fluoroscopy, are diagnostic images done with a continuous, live X-ray on a monitor. This allows the body to be viewed internally while it is in motion or to view instrumentation, like an epidural needle, being used internally during a procedure.

Because of the higher dose of radiation given off during fluoroscopy, it does produce a slight risk. The risk is very minimal and the dose is always given in the shortest amount of time possible and only when medical necessity outweighs the risk. Often, a procedure like this would not be taking place unless it was vital to the patient.

Times that fluoroscopy may be in your best interest include various orthopedic surgeries that require placement of metalwork, lumbar puncture, barium enemas, angiographies, discography or during placement of a pacemaker or defibrillator. Fluoroscopy has been a significant medical advancement, allowing your doctor to safely and accurately look into your body in a noninvasive manner.

It is important to tell your doctor and the radiologist if you are or may be pregnant. Alternative diagnostic imaging may be available.

After your X-ray with fluoroscopy, no radiation stays in your body. Talk to your doctor about specific details involving your procedure.


No preparation is required for this procedure