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Hello Everybody!

First off, I'd like to thank you all very much for your relentlessly entertaining and informative programme.

Is it possible in the future for doctors to get a photographic x-ray type picture of exactly what is going on in one's own body, therefore making it easier to diagnose and treat patients?  

I was thinking along the lines of microscopic cameras, or maybe some sort of injection that works as a catalyst and that would, in turn, work in cahoots with a machine which could see it coursing through a person's body?

What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: 22/02/2010 11:24:07 »
Is it possible in the future for doctors to get a photographic x-ray type picture of exactly what is going on in one's own body, therefore making it easier to diagnose and treat patients?

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Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique commonly used by physicians to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope. In its simplest form, a fluoroscope consists of an x-ray source and fluorescent screen between which a patient is placed. However, modern fluoroscopes couple the screen to an x-ray image intensifier and CCD video camera allowing the images to be recorded and played on a monitor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoroscopy


... maybe some sort of injection that works as a catalyst and that would, in turn, work in cahoots with a machine which could see it coursing through a person's body?

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Angiography or arteriography is a medical imaging technique used to visualize the inside, or lumen, of blood vessels and organs of the body, with particular interest in the arteries, veins and the heart chambers. This is traditionally done by injecting a radio-opaque contrast agent into the blood vessel and imaging using X-ray based techniques such as fluoroscopy.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angiography

Also see Barium Swallow ...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barium_swallow
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« Reply #2 on: 23/02/2010 01:49:29 »
This was in 2004. Not sure if it ever "saw the light of day".

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/5192.php
 

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« Reply #3 on: 23/02/2010 02:38:21 »
The bladder can be filled using a catheter and an x-ray absorbing solution. I think it contains iodine. Fluoroscopy can then be used to see the bladder, if there is reflux into the ureters, and to observe the drainage to be sure that it is complete.

It is also possible to replace portions of the skin or skull with clear plates that allow microscopes to be repeatedly attached to a lab animal for long term studies.
 

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