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What are X-rays?

Since their discovery in 1895 by the German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, X-rays have played a major role in helping physicians diagnose and treat disease. X-rays are high-energy electro-magnetic waves created within an x-ray tube. They are highly penetrating, and in combination with computer imaging plates, provide images of various internal organs and structures. Your physician and the radiologist combine to provide you with the test best suited to your particular situation. While all radiation exposure carries some risk, the benefits of diagnosing your condition far outweigh these risks. However, due to these risks, X-ray examinations are carried out by trained, licensed personnel and interpreted by physicians (radiologists) who are specially trained in the imaging sciences.

Our Services

GI Studies (Barium)

The prep for an UGI is found in our appointment prep section. During your exam, the radiologist uses a TV-like x-ray device (fluoroscope) to watch the barium travel down your esophagus (“food pipe”) and into your stomach and small bowel (intestine).

The radiologist will take pictures of the various structures of your GI tract as he/she instructs you to turn from side-to-side.

 

FAQ’s for GI Studies

What happens during an upper GI (UGI) study?
Where does the barium go after the exam?
Why is barium used and what is it?
How long is a barium study?
Why are barium enemas done?
What happens during a barium enema (BE) study?
What happens after my barium enema (BE) exam?

 

Hysterosalpingography

Hysterosalpingography is a test to determine whether a woman’s Fallopian tubes are open, as well as if there is any disease in her uterus. Many times, a hysterosalpingogram is done when a woman is having a difficult time getting pregnant.

FAQ’s for Hysterosalpingography

What happens during a Hysterosalpingogram?
What happens to the spilled contrast?
What happens after the procedure?
Is it painful?
Will this test reduce my chances of becoming pregnant?

 

Urinary Tract Studies

FAQ’s for Urinary Tract Studies

What is an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)?
What happens to the dye?
What is a cystogram?
What is a Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCU)?

For more on how to prepare for your appointment CLICK HERE.