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Diagnostic ImagingFluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is the use of a modernized x-ray machine, designed to give “real time” images. The physician uses these images, which are displayed instantly on TV monitors, to view injured areas and to guide treatment needles. Fluoroscopy uses a very low dose of radiation similar to airport scanners.

We are fully equipped to offer fluoroscope-guided procedures in our Midtown Manhattan clinic.  Most procedures are very quick, usually lasting only minutes.  Our clinic is a modern outpatient facility that specializes in advanced, minimally invasive procedures.

Exam preparation

There is very little preparation for our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.  Depending on the procedure you are having, you may be able to work before and after your appointment.

Please bring any previous imaging study results (MRI, CT, x-rays) such as films, reports, or CD-ROMs, if available, to your initial appointment. If you do not have current images, we may refer you to have studies done prior to the procedure.

All procedures will be fully explained to you in our facility.

Please notify our physician if you are breast feeding or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

During a Fluoroscopic-Guided Procedure

Fluoroscopy uses a fluoroscope, which is an instrument consisting of an x-ray machine and a TV monitor to view the internal organs of the body in “real time.” It is especially helpful during diagnostic injections and pain management procedures. A fluoroscopy exam usually lasts 30-40 minutes. A contrast agent is sometimes needed to amplify the area of interest.

After the Exam

Most  fluoroscopic procedures are very quick to perform and have little recovery time. We will advise you on the expected outcomes prior to your procedure. Most likely, you will be ready to walk out of our facility immediately after your procedure.
 
We will review what you can expect over the next few weeks as you recover. We may recommend a physical therapy program to you; successful physical therapy will help you strengthen your body to avoid future pain.