An imaging technique that creates an X-ray movie of your internal structures
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During a fluoroscopy, a continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body, creating real-time, moving images on a monitor. This enables doctors to see and evaluate many parts of the body, including solid organs such as the heart and lungs.
What to expect during a fluoroscopy
The amount of radiation used during a fluoroscopy may be higher than a normal X-ray and administered for a longer period of time. Before having a fluoroscopy, talk to your doctor about the amount of radiation used during the procedure. However, the test provides substantial benefits and often outweighs any risk of radiation received during the exam. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, as radiation exposure during pregnancy may lead to birth defects.
You will be positioned on an X-ray table and may be given a contrast dye by mouth or IV to improve the view of the organs or structures being studied. A special X-ray machine will be used to produce the fluoroscopic images. The length of time a fluoroscopy takes as well as recovery time will depend on whether it is combined with any other tests or procedures.
Clotted dialysis access treatments improve blood flow through blocked or narrow vessels used in dialysis treatment.
Dialysis access creates a high rate of flow through a blood vessel to be used during dialysis therapy.
A dialysis fistula is created by surgically connecting a vein to an artery to increase blood flow as an access area for dialysis treatment.
A dialysis graft is a small piece of tubing used to connect an artery to a vein, which creates better blood flow for dialysis treatment.
An IVC filter is a small, wiry device that is placed within the inferior vena cava (a large vein) to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.
If the wire that delivers electrical shocks from a pacemaker or ICD is no longer working correctly, your doctor will need to remove it.
Renal artery stenting is used to open blocked or narrowed arteries that supply blood to the kidneys.
Stenting uses a mesh tube to open narrow blood vessels and improve blood flow.
A vascular access device is a type of catheter—a thin, flexible tube—that provides easier access to blood vessels over an extended time without the need for repeated needle sticks.
Venous blood clot treatments may include medications or advanced catheter-based procedures to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Venous disease treatment may include medications, minimally invasive and surgical procedures to improve blood flow and circulation.
Venous stenting uses a wire mesh tube placed within a vein to widen it and improve blood flow.