X-ray or radiography uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. They are often used to help diagnosed fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue. Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.
Services range from a simple chest x-ray to fluoroscopic gastrointestinal (GI) or biopsy procedures.
Many bone x-rays do not require an appointment and can easily be provided with a physician order and a trip to Diagnostic Imaging at the hospital or any FirstCare location.
Other more complicated fluoroscopic procedures require an appointment and a physician order.
Preparation instructions vary depending on specific x-ray procedure, speak with imaging center staff about your specific prep instructions.