Fluoroscopy Periprocedural Care

Updated: May 15, 2018
  • Author: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS, FAOA, FABOS, FAAOS; Chief Editor: Mahan Mathur, MD  more...
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Periprocedural Care


Two main types of fluoroscopic equipment are used: fixed and mobile. A fixed or permanently installed fluoroscopic system typically uses a radiolucent patient examination table with an undertable-mounted tube and an imaging detector mounted over the table. Fixed systems are used in designated rooms for studies such as barium studies, catheterization of blood vessels, and endoscopy of the gastrointestinal tract.

A C-arm is typically a mobile fluoroscopic unit with the x-ray source at one end and the image detector at the other end. The C-arm unit allows for greater operator flexibility, and the equipment can be moved to wherever the fluoroscopic examination is needed. A C-arm is commonly used in operating rooms where orthopedic procedures are performed to visualize bones or implants.