Fluoroscopy is a special type of x-ray used to project live images onto a monitor (e.g. TV screen).
Many fluoroscopic examinations require contrast dye to highlight a particular area of the body (e.g. intervertebral disc). Fluoroscopic techniques also are utilized to maneuver certain instruments to diagnose and/or treat a patient. The science of fluoroscopy is not new - in fact it has been in use since the early 1900's. Today fluoroscopy is widely accepted as an important anatomical guide utilized during minimally invasive and microscopic surgical procedures, as well as many types of diagnostic tests (e.g. discography).Examples of Fluoroscopy