A fluoroscopy is an imaging procedure in which a continuous, real-time X-ray image is projected onto a monitor; the result is almost like a movie. When performing a fluoroscopy, a technician will give a patient a dose of a contrast agent (X-ray dye) to swallow. A radiologist will then use the images to track the way the dye moves throughout the body. Ultimately, this can help the radiologist evaluate organs such as the lungs, heart or kidneys, or even the bones.
Compared to other common imaging scans, a fluoroscopy has a more limited scope of use. While CT scans, MRIs and X-rays can be used to diagnose a wide range of cancers, fluoroscopies are primarily enlisted in the following situations:
- To visually examine the gastrointestinal tract if a gastrointestinal cancer is suspected
- To guide a liver biopsy (the removal of a tissue sample for further testing) if liver cancer is suspected
- To guide the placement of a PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) for chemotherapy
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our expert imaging specialists can help determine if a fluoroscopy is the right procedure for a patient’s specific needs. If one is required, it can be performed on-site, and the results will be analyzed by a team of board-certified radiologists. If another procedure is recommended instead, our imaging services team can handle it with ease; a wide range of scans – CT scans and MRIs to PET scans and ultrasounds – are all available at Moffitt.
For more information about our fluoroscopy procedures, call 1-888-663-3488 or request to schedule an appointment online. No referral is necessary to seek treatment at Moffitt.