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A fluoroscopy is an examination of the tissues and deep structures of the body using X-ray imaging devices. One of these devices projects radiographic (X-ray) images in a movie-like sequence onto a screen monitor.
During a fluoroscopy, you may be asked to swallow a radioactive liquid called a barium. This liquid is harmless and shows up on the movie-like sequence of images. This imaging technique is often used to look at the internal organs that play a part in swallowing and digestion, like the esophagus and stomach.
Other X-ray imaging capabilities include gastrointestinal, genitourinary, myelograms, hysterosalpingograms and musculoskeletal studies, including arthrograms, and full spine and bone length exams.
A fluoroscopy can be done for various reasons, from looking at the way food or liquid moves through the intestines in a barium study to examining fractures in the spine. To learn more about what happens in a fluoroscopy and the different kinds, click the link below to check out the health library.
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