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General X-Ray Studies

Chest X-Ray

  • Description - A chest x-ray looks at the structures of the chest. It allows the radiologist to identify problems with the lungs and evaluate the heart region. The results of the test will be sent to the referring healthcare provider.
  • Procedure - The patient will be asked to remove any type of jewelry, metal or zippers from the chest area so it does not interfere with the image. The patient will be provided with a gown to wear during the exam. The technologist will then position the patient in front of the upright chest board and take two images of the chest (a frontal and a side view). The procedure takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Preparation - None necessary

Abdomen X-Ray

  • Description - An x-ray of the abdomen demonstrates the internal structures of the abdomen. It allows the radiologist to identify abnormal bowel patterns and kidney stones. A single abdominal x-ray may be taken prior to GI (gastrointestinal) imaging to evaluate bowel preparation. The results of the test will be sent to the referring healthcare provider.
  • Procedure - The patient will be instructed to remove any type of metal or zippers from the abdominal area. They will then be given a gown to wear during the procedure. Then the technologist will instruct the patient to lie down on the x-ray table and the x-ray tube will be positioned over the abdomen for imaging. An upright abdominal x-ray may also be taken if indicated by the radiologist. The exam takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Preparation - None necessary

Spinal X-Rays

  • Description - Spinal x-rays take a look at portions of the spine including the upper regions of the neck (cervical spine), middle back (thoracic spine) and the lower back (lumbar spine, sacrum and/or coccyx). These images allow the radiologist to detect problems with the bones of the spine. The results of the test will be sent to the referring healthcare provider.
  • Procedure - The patient will be asked to remove any type of metal or zippers from the spinal area being examined. They will be provided with a gown to wear during the exam. The technologist will instruct the patient to lie down on the x-ray table and will then place the patient in various positions that demonstrate the structures of the spine. The exam takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preparation - None necessary.

Skull, Facial Bones, and Sinus X-Rays

  • Description - Skull, facial bones and sinus x-rays are images that demonstrate regions of the head. They are used to identify problems concerning the structures of the skull, facial bones and sinuses. The results of the test will be sent to the referring healthcare provider.
  • Procedure - The patient will be asked to remove any jewelry or metallic objects from the head area. The technologist will position the patient in several ways taking different views to demonstrate the area of interest. The exam takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Preparation - None necessary.

Extremity X-Rays

  • Description - An extremity x-ray looks at the bones in the affected area. The radiologist is able to assess injury of the bones for possible fracture and evaluate the surrounding soft tissue for abnormality. The following exams may be ordered to evaluate portions of the extremities:

    Fingers
    Hand
    Wrist
    Radius/ulna
    Elbow
    Humerus

    Toes
    Foot
    Ankle
    Tibia/fibula (lower leg)
    Knee
    Femur


    The results of the test will be sent to the referring physician.
  • Procedure - The patient will be taken to the x-ray room and the affected body part will be positioned on top of a radiographic cassette. Several images of the extremity will be taken in different positions to demonstrate all aspects of the bones. The exam will take approximately 15 minutes.
  • Preparation - None necessary.

* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699