Fluoroscope

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A fluoroscope is a machine that uses x-rays and a fluorescent screen to display images in real-time. In modern machines, these systems are highly integrated within the digital healthcare infrastructure.

This process can be used for security, luggage scanning at airports, examination of packages in mail rooms, bomb squad, in addition to medical /veterinarian use.

Types of Fluoroscopes

Siemens Healthcare Mobile C-arm system
  • Mobile C-arms are surgical imaging devices most associated with Orthopedics.
  • Mini C-arms are a smaller version X-ray for use with extremity imaging; hands, feet.
  • Radiographic/Fluoroscopy system, called R/F, consists of a table, an overhead x-ray source, a wall bucky for chest X-ray, a generator and operators console.
  • Whole body scanner, typical used to image miners as they leave diamond mines. Also, it is found in some health facilities.
  • Conveyor scanner, luggage and personal affects.

A Direct Digital Radiography known as DDR, and Computed Radiography known as CR, are the 21st century X-ray advancements in healthcare. Fluoroscopy images are captured by flat panels constructed out of Phosphor, Amorphous silicon, Amorphous or crystalline Selenium or miniature CCD and stored by personal computer workstation.

Procedures

Typical Fluoroscopic exams include; Pain Management needle localizer, Pace-Maker implants, Orthopedic bone fractures, Barium-swallow studies, as well as Vascular, Neurovascular, Angiography & Cardiac surgical imaging.

References

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/radhealth/products/fluoroscopy.html

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