Radiography involves the use of radiation (x-rays) to create an image of the body. Radiographs are created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the body, and capturing the resulting image on a special type of radiation detector. Radiation passes through the various structures of the body differently. For example, very little radiation passes through the bones, leaving white “shadows” on the x-ray film. X-rays are valuable in evaluating other organs in the body such as the kidneys, intestines, spinal cord, and the discs of the spine. Most x-rays take 30 minutes or less to complete and have no side effects.
When your doctor has ordered x-ray or radiography, our efficient and caring staff is committed to helping reduce your wait time as much as possible. Staff members are also glad to answer any questions patients you might have to help make sure you fully understand your procedure.
Some special x-ray procedures require the use of contrast materials that must be either ingested or injected to enhance the visibility of internal structures. These procedures may require the patient to follow certain instructions before or after the exam. Some example procedures are upper GI, barium enema, lumbar puncture, myelogram, and IVP. The patient will be given any necessary instructions prior to arrival. These exams take considerably longer than typical x-rays, ranging from one to eight hours.
The radiology staff will explain the examination and guide the patient through each step of the procedure. The patient will be given any discharge instructions before leaving the hospital.