Fluoroscopy is a continuous or pulsed X-ray that allows us to see motion. It is used as both a diagnostic tool as well as a technique to guide for interventional procedures. At the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Department of Pediatric Radiology, our board-certified pediatric radiologists and support staff are specially trained to help children from newborns to teens feel relaxed and comfortable during their fluoroscopy procedures, minimizing discomfort and accommodating any special needs. Our fluoroscopy equipment is specifically chosen for its capability to provide high-quality images while minimizing radiation dose. Our radiology physicians and fluoroscopy technologists are trained to perform studies using the minimal amount of radiation necessary to achieve a diagnostic study.
Fluoroscopy has many uses, including:
- Evaluation of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel)
- Evaluation of the urinary tract
- Evaluation of swallowing
- Evaluation of breathing (airway)
- Guidance for placement of feeding tubes or catheters
- Guidance for interventional procedures
The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has four fluoroscopy rooms dedicated to pediatric patients.
As fluoroscopy procedures utilize X-rays, we work to ensure that the radiation dosage is correct for the size of the child. Our equipment has been specifically chosen for pediatric patients, and imaging acquisition parameters are properly chosen to match the size of the child and thus use the appropriate radiation dose. Our fluoroscopy units all use pulsed fluoroscopy, decreasing radiation dose over conventional, non-pulsed fluoroscopic units.
Providing proper fluoroscopy imaging for a child can be challenging. Some children are afraid of the study while others are nervous and fidget when they need to be still. Specially developed pediatric positioning devices may be used in younger children. Our experienced and compassionate staff understands how to work with children and put them at ease. For younger children, a parent will stay with the child throughout the study and assisting in coaching and comforting them.