X-ray and Fluoroscopy | Keck Medicine of USC

X-ray and Fluoroscopy

Although X-ray and Fluoroscopy are among the most traditional tools used in medical imaging, the new technologies and rigorous practice keep them critical to the patient care we provide.

X-rays are increasingly performed also increasingly at the point of care, be it the Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room or elsewhere. Increasing portability of the devices, reduced radiation exposure and filmless imaging systems that require no chemicals or processing has brought this core technology to every corner of the hospital. Images are acquired, transmitted and interpreted in seconds.

Fluoroscopy is the production of real-time ‘moving’ X-rays and while newer forms of medical imaging have replaced many of the applications for this technology, we apply fluoroscopy in unique ways that dramatically improve our patients’ surgical outcomes. No other imaging modality so completely allows us to evaluate the natural and inherent function of various parts of the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems. Through rigorous analysis, application of unique, scientifically validated protocols, and cross-disciplinary review of studies, we use these century old technologies in ways that are cutting edge for diagnosis and treatment in 2010 and beyond.

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Last modified: February 12, 2019