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X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, kidney stones, and can be used to diagnose and monitor degenerative diseases.

Women should always inform their doctor or the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

How to Prepare

Generally, no preparation is required.
If you are having one of the following exams:

  • Barium enema or Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) - 2 days prior to scheduled appointment, pick up a bowel prep and instructions at ECRMC Radiology Department, main campus. On the day of, nothing to eat or drink.
  • Small Bowel Series or Upper GI/ Esophagrams- Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to exam.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary paperwork.

What to Expect

  • Once you arrive, you may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects that could obscure the images, since those show up on x-rays and may block the bones.
  • Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.