When a doctor wants to see a certain part of the body in motion for diagnostic or treatment purposes, a fluoroscopic guided procedure is often necessary. Diagnostic imaging of Milford offers fluoroscopic guided procedures to patients in Milford, Connecticut, and West Haven, Connecticut.
A fluoroscopic guided procedure is a procedure performed with the aid of fluoroscopy, which is the study of body structures in motion. During a fluoroscopic-guided procedure, the doctor subjects part of the patient’s body to a continuous x-ray beam that produces a moving image on a monitor. Doctors use this technology to learn about structures inside the body or to perform certain procedures that require detailed, real-time visual images.
Doctors often use fluoroscopy during lumbar puncture, arthrography, cardiac catheterization, barium x-rays, hysterosalpingograms, and other similar procedures. Doctors may also use fluoroscopy to guide injections into the spine or joints.
In addition to any risks related to the procedure itself, patients undergoing a fluoroscopic guided procedure should be aware that fluoroscopy subjects them to radiation. Because of this radiation, fluoroscopy isn’t usually appropriate for patients who are pregnant. High levels of cumulative radiation exposure over time may also raise the risk of certain cancers.
Fluoroscopic guided procedures may involve the use of contrast dye. In rare cases, patients may be allergic to this dye.
The addition of fluoroscopy to any procedure shouldn’t cause pain. However, the procedure itself may be uncomfortable. Patients should talk to their doctor to determine whether the procedure will be painful. In some cases, the patient may be under local or general anesthesia, which will alleviate any pain related to the procedure.
The recovery after a fluoroscopic guided procedure is heavily dependent on the type of procedure performed. In many cases, the patient is able to return home immediately after the procedure. However, some procedures may require a short period of recovery in the facility before the patient is able to leave.
Diagnostic Imaging of Milford accepts all major and most secondary insurances. Patients are expected to bring their insurance card to the office at the time of their examination. Claims are submitted through our billing company, McKesson Corp. For questions regarding patient statements and insurance, patients may call (800) 360-4391. Fees for non-covered services and co-payments are expected at the time of your visit.
*We strongly recommend that patients call our office if their insurance carrier is not listed. Additional insurances are added frequently.
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