Fluoroscopy is used to observe certain body structures at work. X-rays passing through the body are observed on a TV monitor.

Contrast medium may be used to help make soft tissue visible. The most common contrast are air, barium sulfate and organic iodine compounds. Contrast media are introduced into the body orally, or by injection or enema. Contrast coats the lining of the internal organs and absorbs x-rays, making the organs visible on x-ray examinations.

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