Fluoroscopy is an x-ray (radiography) that makes it possible to see internal organs in motion. It is used to diagnose gastrointestinal (GI) tract disorders. GI procedures require a contrast material called barium. The GI tract is filled with barium, the radiologist is able to view and assess the anatomy and function of the rectum, colon or part of the lower small intestine.
The equipment used for this examination usually consists of a radiographic table, an x-ray tube and a television-like monitor that is located in the examining room. The images at MSHA facilities are typically captured electronically and stored in a computer called PACS (picture archive communication system).
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with
x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.