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Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a technique for continuous or intermittent x-ray monitoring. X-ray images may be viewed directly without taking and developing x-ray photographs. This allows observation of certain dynamic body processes and is useful in certain surgical and diagnostic procedures. The radiologist moves the screen up and down the patient's body and observes what is happening within selected parts of the body. Fluoroscopy is especially useful for identifying the presence of restricted or blocked passages in the hollow organs of the body. For example, barium is swallowed and followed through the esophagus, stomach, and the upper intestinal tract. The results of a fluoroscopic examination of the esophagus are reported in the x-ray report (Radiologic Example 3). Other examples of fluoroscopic examinations include upper and lower gastrointestinal series, oral cholecystograms, cystourethrograms, fistulograms, and retrograde ileograms. Abstract what you think is pertinent in Radiologic Example 3 and then compare with the suggested abstraction.

Renal Flow Study: A fluoroscopic examination to check the flow of blood through the kidneys after contrast material has been injected into the veins.

Intraoperative Imaging

An imaging procedure such as X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound that is performed during an operative procedure, e.g., to direct a biopsy or to verify the position of a prosthesis.