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Have you ever wondered why iodine is utilized as a contrast agent and how it works in live X-ray applications like fluoroscopy? Join us as we explore the unique radioopaque properties of iodine, and its role in providing clarity to medical imaging, and witness a demonstration of its application using our advanced X-ray technology. Whether you’re a medical professional, a science enthusiast, or just curious about the ins and outs of X-ray procedures, the video below showcases the value of Iodine in an interesting experiment.

Hey, welcome to another X-ray University video. We received a request a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be interesting to share that with you. One of our customers is looking to see a live X-ray image of iodine, which is a contrast agent, on one of these subjects. So, we thought it would be kind of cool to talk a little bit about why iodine is used as a contrast agent.

Iodine is used for fluoroscopy or live X-ray applications where you want to see inside your gastrointestinal tract, for example, the GI tract, and observe how things are moving. Iodine is pretty cool because it’s radioopaque, meaning it stops X-ray photons. When you inject iodine into your veins or swallow it, you can see it. The physician can track where iodine is going, and if it’s going to the wrong place, they can identify any issues with your body parts.

It’s important to note that iodine is not radioactive, unlike the ones used for PET scans, where an injector introduces something that emits radiation, and a big machine outside detects the radiation to localize tumors and other things. Iodine is actually pretty safe to consume. Please note, this is not medical advice.

Now, what we’re going to do is inject iodine using this remote syringe that we’ve set up here. The syringe is filled with iodine and has a little tube that delivers the iodine into the chicken. I have a syringe piercing the chicken, and as I push the syringe, you can see iodine being injected. Iodine is radioopaque, so you can clearly see it as it gets injected into the chicken.

There you have it! Next time you go to the doctor and they ask if you could get some iodine as a contrast agent for your radio imaging application, now you know exactly why. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe!