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Digital Radiography and Fluoroscopy

Digital Radiography and Fluoroscopy

Contact Us at 845.987.5142 or 866.596.8456 

St. Anthony Community Hospital is proud to announce the installation of a new digital radiographic and fluoroscopic suite located in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging.

The new suite has been designed with our patients in mind. The technology offers high-quality images with the lowest radiation dose. The suite includes next-generation image processing software to provide better detail for more confident diagnoses.

What is Digital Radiography?

Digital Radiology uses X-ray sensitive plates to directly capture data during the patient examination, immediately transferring it to a computer system. Advantages to this technology include:

  • Faster turn-around times and immediate image preview
  • Ability to digitally transfer images to other systems for ease of analysis 
  • Increased image enhancement and detail 
  • Less radiation can be used than conventional radiography

What is Fluoroscopy?

Fluoroscopy is a study of things moving throughout your body. It is like an X-ray "movie" and is often done while a contrast dye moves through the part of the body being examined.

A continuous X-ray beam scans the body and the movement of fluid in real-time so that the organ/tissue and the motion can be analyzed together. Fluoroscopies are used to look at many body systems, including:

  • Skeletal (bones and joints)
  • Digestive
  • Urinary
  • Cardiovascular
  • Muscular
  • Respiratory
  • Reproductive systems

Why might I need a fluoroscopy?

Your doctor may recommend a fluoroscopy as a diagnostic procedure, or in conjunction with other therapeutic procedures. Fluoroscopy is used in the following common procedures:

  • Barium X-rays
    • Used to see the movement of the intestines as the barium moves through them.
  • Cardiac catheterization
    • Used to see the flow of blood through the coronary arteries to check for arterial blockages.
  • Electrophysiologic procedures
    • Used to treat people with heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
  • Arthrography
    • Used  to view a joint or joints.
  • Placement of IV (intravenous) or arterial catheters
    • Used to guide the catheter into a specific vessel inside the body.
  • Hysterosalpingogram
    • Used to view the uterus and fallopian tubes.
  • Percutaneous vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty
    • Used to treat compression fractures of the bones of the spine.
  • Retrograde urethrogram, micturating cysto-urethrogram
    • Used to assesses problems of the urinary system.
  • Fistulography
    • Used to assesses an abnormal connection (fistula) between two organs.

Studies are offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding this service or would like more information, please call the St. Anthony Community Hospital Department of Diagnostic Imaging at 845.987.5142.