Diagnostic X-ray (radiography) is an examination using ionizing radiation to produce digital images.
X-rays are performed for various reasons such as diagnosing bone injuries, gastrointestinal disorders, urinary functions, lungs, trauma, and operating room procedures.
Special precautions must be taken with pregnant patients. Exposure to radiation during pregnancy may be harmful to the fetus. Always tell your physician and technologist if you suspect you are pregnant.
Community Medical Center offers the following diagnostic exams:
Barium Studies (Upper and lower gastrointestinal tract)
Contrast Studies (IVP, Hysterosalpingograms)
OR fluoroscopy to assist surgeons
While a generally safe procedure, the examination does involve radiation. As such, the benefits of having it performed should outweigh any associated radiation risks.
Any women who things she may be pregnant should informed her doctor before scheduling the exam.
Most x-rays require no preparation prior to the exam. Special studies such as a barium study or contrast study may require specific preparations. Your physician will provide you with any instructions concerning these exams.
The technologist will bring the patient into the room, explain the specific procedure.
Depending on the area of interest, the patient may be placed on the x-ray table or the exam may be done standing. The x-ray beam will then be focused on the area of interest. Various x-rays may be taken at different angles to better visualize the area.
The length of the exam is dependent on the type of study that is ordered. Most general exams take just a few minutes. Barium Studies and Contrast Studies may take from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The Radiology Department at Community Medical Center performs approximately 10,000 diagnostic procedures each month.