Fluoroscopy is a test that uses a steady beam of x-ray to look at parts of the body and movement within the body. Using fluoroscopy, doctors can view blood moving through a blood vessel or food moving through the stomach and intestines.
Why is it done?
Fluoroscopy can be used to help find a foreign object in the body, position a needle for a medical procedure or realign a broken bone. A dye that shows up on fluoroscopy can be put in the vein through an IV or swallowed so vessels or organs show up clearly. Fluoroscopy usually is done during other diagnostic procedures. Fluoroscopy is done during cardiac catheterization to look at the coronary arteries and the flow of blood through them. Fluoroscopy also may be used to look at the urinary tract or during a hysterosalpingogram to look at women’s reproductive organs.