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Radiography (X-ray)

Radiography (X-rays) are one of the most commonly performed imaging tests and are used to evaluate the joints, heart and lungs, abdomen, and spine. X-rays can show fractures, heart failure, pneumonia, kidney stones, arthritis, and bowel obstructions as well as many other conditions. They are painless, fast, and use very low doses of radiation.

For general x-rays, no special preparation is required. Those who are pregnant, or might be, must inform the technologist prior to the exam.

Fluoroscopy is a special type of X-ray that uses video-type equipment and a contrast agent to view the structure being imaged while in motion. It allows the physician to assess the structure of the organ and is especially useful for imaging the upper and lower digestive tract. Procedures include:

  • Barium enema (lower GI)
  • Upper gastrointestinal series (upper GI)
  • Small intestine (small bowel series)
  • Hysterosalpingography (exam of the uterus and fallopian tubes)