The fluoroscope, discovered in 1985, was the first X-Ray machine. X-Ray machines let physicians view the body’s interior greatly increasing the ability to diagnose and treat diseases. The fluoroscope has evolved into sophisticated technology that is now a cornerstone of interventional pain management.
Now, fluoroscopes give interventional pain medicine doctors practitioners the ability to use continuous, real-time x-ray imaging to guide interventional procedures. These procedures can target the sourceof physical pain with much more accuracy and safety.
In its simplest form, a fluoroscope consists of an X-ray source and a fluorescent screen, between which a patient is placed. However, since the 1950s most fluoroscopes have included X-ray image intensifiers and cameras as well, to improve the image’s visibility and make it available on a remote display screen. For many decades fluoroscopy tended to produce live pictures that were not recorded, but since the 1960s, as technology improved, recording and playback has become the norm.
Fluoroscopy is similar to radiography and X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT) in that it generates images using X-rays. The original difference was that radiography fixed still images on film whereas fluoroscopy provided live moving pictures that were not stored. However, today radiography, CT, and fluoroscopy are all digital imaging modes with image analysis software and data storage and retrieval.
The use of X-rays, a form of ionizing radiation, requires that the potential risks from a procedure to be carefully balanced with the benefits of the procedure to the patient. Because the patient must be exposed to a continuous source of X-rays instead of a momentary pulse, a fluoroscopy procedure generally subjects a patient to a higher absorbed dose of radiation than an ordinary (still) radiograph. Only important applications such as health care, bodily safety, food safety, nondestructive testing, and scientific research meet the risk-benefit threshold for use.
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