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Outpatient Radiology Services

Digital X-Ray

Routine X-ray exams are performed at University Diagnostic Institute and include common studies such as chest X-rays and bone radiographs. Other types of X-rays are also performed.

X-Rays are completely painless and use very small doses of ionizing radiation to produce high-resolution images of the structures inside your body—particularly bones.

What can I expect during an X-ray?

X-rays are fast and easy and are particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment. A safe level of radiation passes through the body; for accurate results, you must remain completely still during the scan. Young children may need to be restrained to ensure accurate imaging.

The majority of X-rays last less than five minutes, although more complex scans that involve a contrast medium may take up to an hour. Your technologist will guide you through the procedure and you will have full communication with them at all times.

For some types of X-rays, you will be given a liquid called contrast medium to help highlight a specific area of your body on the X-ray image. You might be asked to swallow the contrast medium or receive it as an injection or an enema. Complications and reactions are very rare and the risk is minimal.

If you have known allergies to iodine, please let the staff know when booking your appointment as the intravenous dye (contrast) is iodine based. Additionally, patients who have renal failure or poor renal function may not receive contrast. Please let our staff know at the time of scheduling if this applies to you.

Why Would You Have a X-Ray?

X-ray technology is used to examine many parts of the body.

Bones and teeth
Fractures and infections: In most cases, fractures and infections in bones and teeth show up clearly on X-rays.
Arthritis: X-rays of your joints can reveal signs of arthritis. X-rays taken over the years can help your doctor determine if your arthritis is worsening.
Dental decay: Dentists use X-rays to take pictures of the teeth and jaw and check for cavities.
Osteoporosis: Special types of X-ray tests can measure bone density.
Bone cancer: X-rays can reveal bone tumors.

Chest
Lung infections or conditions: Evidence of pneumonia, tuberculosis or lung cancer can show up on chest X-rays.
Enlarged heart: This sign of heart failure shows up clearly on X-rays.
Blocked blood vessels: Changes in blood flow to the lungs and heart can be seen on chest X-rays.

Abdomen
Digestive tract problems: Barium, a contrast medium delivered in a drink or an enema, can help reveal problems in your digestive system.
Swallowed items: If you or your child has swallowed something like a toy or a coin, an X-ray can show the location of that object.

How To Prepare for Your Imaging

Most X-rays require little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor and the technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

How Will I Learn About the Results of My X-Ray?

At UDI, an on-site board-certified radiologist, will interpret your scan promptly and send a report to your physician. Your physician will share the results of the study with you.