Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures - similar to an x-ray  "movie." A continuous x-ray beam is passed through the body part being  examined, and is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part  and its motion can be seen in detail.
Fluoroscopy is used in many types of examinations and procedures, such  as barium x-rays, cardiac catheterization, and placement of intravenous  (IV) catheters (hollow tubes inserted into veins or arteries).

In barium  x-rays, fluoroscopy allows the physician to see the movement of the  intestines as the barium moves through them. In cardiac catheterization,  fluoroscopy enables the physician to see the flow of blood through the  coronary arteries in order to evaluate the presence of arterial blockages.  For intravenous catheter insertion, fluoroscopy assists the physician in  guiding the catheter into a specific location inside the body.
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