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Special Procedure: Dynamic Fluoroscopy

Description :

Fluoroscopy uses an x-ray tube and a fluoroscopic screen with an image intensifier to create a real-time image of moving objects, in this instance the trachea, bronchi, diaphragm, lungs, and structures in the larynx and pharynx.

Indications for this procedure :

  • Assessing an animal with suspected laryngeal, pharyngeal, tracheal or bronchial collapse.
  • Assessing an animal with suspected diaphragmatic paralysis/hemiparalysis.
  • Evaluation of lung "nodules" to try to confirm that they are in the lung and not artifacts of superimposition or lesions outside the lungs. At this time we are not offering fluoroscopically guided sampling.

Contraindications and complications for this procedure :

  • Essentially none outside of the risk of a negative study, or a study that is incomplete because of inability to induce a clinically reported cough or because the study had to be aborted because of patient distress.

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