Fluoroscopy uses x-rays to capture real-time images of the body and its organs while functioning. The radiologist can then watch the images live on a monitor while performing various patient examinations.

Using a combination of both static and dynamic images, the structure and function of the esophagus, stomach, small bowl and colon can be evaluated. These studies are used to diagnose a wide variety of pathology from swallowing dysfunction to bowel obstruction to colon cancer.

Fluoroscopy is also used in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures involving catheters or needles, including biopsies, injections and to observe instruments used during procedures.

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Double contrast image of an upper gastro-intestinal examination