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New Fluoroscopy Technology Enhances Imaging at St. Anthony

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique used commonly by physicians to view real-time moving images of the internal functions of their patients to use in diagnosis and treatment.  A continuous x-ray image that is viewed on a monitor throughout the procedure can record the movement of a body part or contrast media and helps show the different organs of the body in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, allows physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems, and may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, joints, lungs, or kidneys.

The new radiology/fluoroscopy unit at St. Anthony gives patients more comfort with a wider, lower procedure table that is easier to get on and off. Patient and staff safety is enhanced by a new configuration of the procedure room and a new cross-table imaging capability. An added function also calculates the dose of radiation a patient receives, an important requirement for the best possible patient safety. In addition, video recording enables video swallow studies in a more efficient setting for both patients and staff.

Other uses of fluoroscopy may include locating foreign bodies; injections of the shoulder, hip or knee joints or image-guided anesthetic injections into joints or the spine. Exams are scheduled in the fluoroscopy suite Tuesday through Friday through your physician’s office.

St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home
311 S. Clark
Carroll, IA 51401