X-ray services

What are X-rays?

X-rays are a form of radiation. We can use this radiation to create black-and-white pictures of the body’s interior. This is because different parts of the body absorb X-rays differently. Bones absorb X-rays the easiest, so they appear white on X-ray images. Other tissues absorb smaller amounts of radiation, so they appear gray or black in the images.

The most common way doctors use X-rays is to examine and diagnose broken bones or joint dislocations. This is sometimes called general X-ray. But we use X-rays in a number of ways to help us diagnose many other conditions. The X-ray tests we offer include:

  • Arthrogram, which we use to study joint problems or to guide joint injections.
  • Barium enema, an exam that helps us detect colon and rectal cancer, blockages, polyps, or other problems of the gastrointestinal system.
  • Defecography, which helps us study the function of the rectum during defecation
  • Esophagram and Barium swallow, which helps us detect upper digestive tract problems, like ulcers, and some digestive cancers
  • Small bowel series, which helps us detect problems in the upper digestive tract, like blockages, tumors, and other conditions
  • Upper GI series, which helps us find ulcers, tumors, and other conditions
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG), which helps us see the female reproductive organs
  • Intravenous Pyelogram, in which we take X-ray images to find kidney stones  and other problems within the urinary tract
  • Voiding Cystogram, which is imagine of the bladder before and during urination
  • Venogram, which we use to examine the veins

Many X-rays we offer require no special preparation.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during your X-ray. We also ask that you remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eyeglasses, and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the X-ray images in order for us to get an accurate picture.

Women should always inform their doctors and X-ray technologists if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the fetus.

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