Glossary Index

X-Ray

X-ray, or radiography, refers to procedures that use standard x-rays to view parts of the body.

Preparation for your x-ray exam will depend on the type of exam; a representative will call you prior to your appointment to provide specific instructions, and review health and insurance information. Notify a member of our staff if you are nursing or if there is a chance you could be pregnant. Please bring previous imaging study results (x-ray, MRI, CT, etc.) such as reports, films or CD-roms if available. Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

Conventional radiography (x-ray) is a simple, painless procedure that enables the radiologist to analyze the bony and soft tissue anatomy for diagnosis. The average x-ray study takes 15-20 minutes.

Fluoroscopy uses a fluoroscope, which is an instrument consisting of an x-ray machine and a fluorescent screen to view the internal organs of the body. It is especially helpful during diagnostic injections and pain management procedures, as well as diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys, and gallbladder. A fluoroscopy exam usually lasts 30-40 minutes. A contrast agent is sometimes needed to amplify the area of interest.

After the exam,a radiologist who specializes in a specific area of the body will review your images (i.e., a musculoskeletal radiologist will review x-rays of your leg). The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor. Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.