What is fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy uses multiple X-rays taken over time in the same way as a movie. This means that the amount of radiation used is higher than with normal X-rays. However, the amount of information we can get is increased. Fluoroscopy is sometimes known as screening. Sometimes contrast may be used to highlight different areas of the body.
Fluoroscopy can be used for the identification of a disease or its cause (diagnosis) or can be used in surgery (known as Interventional Radiology).
What do I need to know?
This video details the process involved in fluoroscopy.
Take away points:
You should tell the person doing your test if you are or think you could be pregnant.
Therefore, you may notice that you are no longer offered shielding. If you would like more information on why this change has happened you can find it in the document: "Guidance on using contact shielding on patients for diagnostic radiology applications" (BIR).