What is an X-Ray?
An x-ray is a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. X-rays involve exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures - similar to an x-ray "movie". A continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined, and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail.
Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, muscles, and joints, as well as organs such as the stomach, lung, and kidneys. Fluoroscopy is used in many examinations and procedures such as barium swallows, upper gastrointestinal exams, arthrography, and myelograms.