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Fluoroscopy

What is fluoroscopy? 

While an X-ray beam continuously passes through the patient’s body, the doctor can assess internal motions directly and form a diagnosis. Fluoroscopy is a special form of digital radiography.

A fluoroscope consists of a digital X-ray unit and a monitor. The electronically enhanced X-ray images are recorded and played on a monitor so that the doctor can look at the organ in question in real time, from all sides, and in motion.

Fluoroscopy enables direct observation of dynamic processes in the body, for example the respiratory motion of the chest, or the stomach and the esophagus during swallowing.

With which diseases can fluoroscopy be used? 

We use fluoroscopy particularly for the following problems:

  • Examination of the gastrointestinal tract: for example, difficulty with swallowing, diaphragmatic hernia or for patients for whom a gastroscopy or a colonoscopy is not feasible, or cannot be performed sufficiently.
  • Representation of the leg or arm veins (phlebography): In the search for thrombosis (blood clots) and varicose veins
  • Representations of the spinal canal: Supplementary investigation if during the MRI or CT scan the existence of a suspected narrowing or a herniated disc could not be clarified

This method of screening clearly requires much higher doses of radiation than a simple X-ray. Therefore, our doctors will carefully evaluate the need for the examination, for each patient, in consultation with the referring physician.

Investigation with the use of contrast agents 

In most examinations, the patients are given a contrast agent. For examination of the esophagus and the stomach, drinkable liquid contrast agent must be swallowed. For the small and large intestine representation, these contrast agents are administered through a tube. With phlebography a water-soluble, iodinated contrast agent is injected into a vein in the hand (during examination of the arm) or foot (during examination of the leg). For the representation of the spinal canal (myelography), the contrast agent needs to be injected through a very thin needle into the lumbar region of the spinal canal.

The examination is offered here 

Fluoroscopy is offered at the following locations of radiologicum munich: