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Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Imaging Services

X-Ray and Fluoroscopy

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X-ray, also known as radiography, is the oldest form of diagnostic imaging. X-ray imaging is a fast and efficient diagnostic method that aids physicians in viewing internal bodily structures, thereby enabling them to diagnose both disease and injury.

X-ray technology involves passing an X-ray beam through a part of the body to ultimately produce images of internal structures. As X-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different tissues.

Fluoroscopy is a technique used to capture X-ray images in motion. During a fluoroscopic procedure, a radiologist transmits a low energy X-ray beam (lower energy than traditional X-rays) through the patient onto a plate or carriage. The plate is connected to an image intensifier that is in turn connected to a video screen. The resulting image projected on the video screen is a live X-ray movie of internal organs in motion in a specific region of the body.

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