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Fluoroscopy - Low-dose X-Ray to Diagnose Pain Source: May 19, 2011

Low back pain is the second most common pain that sends people to the doctors. Diagnosed with a herniated disc, Sandy Hodgson is a chronic sufferer. Her condition was extremely painful.

"It started out in my back and it came down through my leg and then it went down to my knee," Hodgson says. Her doctor was able to use a state-of-the-art technology to help ease her suffering.

Dr. Reggie Austhy, with the Spine Center, used a fluoroscopy machine, or low-dose x-ray, to help administer anti-inflammatory shots to Sandy. The fluoroscopy allows doctors to visualize the exact location of the source of pain, and guide them to the trouble spot. It is a non-surgical technique and is done on an out-patient basis.

"The patient is laid on their stomach, we cleanse the area where we'll be performing the procedure. Using the fluoroscopy we can identify the area and guide the needle directly to the area where we want to place the medication," Dr. Augusthy says.

20 years ago the primary options were surgery or opiate drugs, now through using advanced technology, many patients get back on their feet in a matter of days.

It worked wonders for Sandy who is back to enjoying her favorite pastimes, "I'm 65 years old but I can act like a little kid on this thing."