Digital X-ray

X-ray (radiography) is the oldest and most frequently used form of imaging to see inside the human body. It uses a focused beam and a special detector to obtain images of body anatomy. It is also a safe and generally non-invasive procedure.

X-rays are absorbed by different body tissues in varying degrees. Dense tissue, like bone, absorbs most x-rays and appears white on the image. Less dense tissues appear in shades of gray. X-rays that pass through air, like in the lungs and colon, aren’t absorbed at all and appear black on the image.

The x-ray is used for a variety of reasons when images of internal body structures are needed.

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When preparing for an X-ray

For most X-rays, no special preparation is required; however please wear loose, comfortable clothing with no metal. The following tests also use x-ray and do require you to follow the preparation instructions prior to your test:

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

An HSG a test to evaluate the functions of the female reproductive systems, including the fallopian tubes and uterus. It can help determine if there is a blockage or other growth affecting a woman’s ability to become pregnant.

Special instructions:

  • DAY BEFORE EXAM: Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours before your test.
  • DAY OF EXAM: Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever an hour before the procedure, as well as an antibiotic.

Arthrography

Arthrography is an examination of a joint (such as a shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee or ankle) using fluoroscopy and a contrast material (dye). It is generally performed on a joint when there is persistent and unexplained pain, and useful at identifying problems (such as tears) in the soft tissues of the joint (cartilage, ligaments and tendons).

Special instructions:

  • Please inform us if you are allergic to iodine.

Pain Management

Interventional pain management radiology is a new and exciting field, helping to transform the lives of patients experiencing chronic pain. Our specially trained doctors provide treatment options that directly delivery therapy to the source of your pain with pinpoint accuracy. Using image guidance, these therapies precisely target inflammation within the body’s joints, soft tissues and bone structures for more effective, lasting relief.

Preparation instructions will be provided to you before your visit.

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