Medical X-rays are able to image and identify bony and soft tissue structures. Diagnostic X-ray, the most common use, examines the body using either radiographs (or "still" images) or fluoroscopy (or "real-time" images). Fluoroscopy uses X-rays with video cameras so internal motion can be visualized. Some X-ray exams require drinking or injection of a "contrast" material that will better outline structures to be seen on the image.
There are many types of X-ray exams and most don't require any special preparation. Those that do require preparation include:
- Barium Enema
- Small Bowel Follow-Through
- Upper GI Series
- Upper GI Series with Small Bowel Follow-Through
If you are scheduled for one of these exams, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare.
Exams Information and Preparation
We offer many kinds of X-rays. Most of them (for example, chest X-rays) don't require any special preparation by the patient. If you are scheduled for a test listed below, please be sure to review the preparation procedures for that procedure.