Fluoroscopy involves a dynamic or real-time radiographic evaluation of selected anatomy such as the trachea and esophagus. Fluoroscopy has been utilized in veterinary medicine and human medicine for years to provide real-time evaluation of dynamic anatomy such as the fluctuations of the trachea on inspiration and expiration or how an esophagus may dilate or contract with the addition of a radiopaque coating on ingested food.
Collapsing trachea: The trachea (windpipe) is a tube which carries air to the lower airways. In tracheal collapse, there is narrowing of the tracheal lumen during breathing.
Fluoroscopy is used to evaluate the trachea dynamically.
Esophagram: There are select clinical abnormalities of the esophagus which affect the patient’s ability to effectively swallow. A three phase esophagram is performed using liquid barium, and liquid barium mixed with canned food and kibble. Barium is a radiopaque material that effectively coats the ingested food material and allows visualization of the passage of the bolus of food through the esophagus.
* For esophageal studies, please bring a sample of canned food and kibble to your appointment. This is important if your pet is on a special diet.
After the exam is complete one of our Board-Certified Veterinary Radiologist will meet with the owner and discuss the findings. A report is generated and sent to the owner and referring veterinarian within 24 hrs. Veterinary Radiologists have completed an approved residency program in Diagnostic Imaging that includes at least three years of advanced training and intensive study in Radiology (x-ray), Ultrasonography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Nuclear Medicine.
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