General X-ray procedures image the different parts of the body and evaluate for fractures, air and fluid levels, foreign bodies, tumors, and multiple other conditions. X-rays offer less radiation as compared to a CT Scan, but also only provide a two-dimensional image. General X-ray images are unique in that any part of the body whether it is a hand or an abdomen can be imaged quickly and captured in a diagnostic image.
An Epidural Steroid Injection is a procedure involving the injection of a steroid directly into the epidural space of the spine. This steroid is designed to reduce inflammation and ideally reduce pain. A Radiologist preps the skin on the patients back and uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. A small spinal needle will then be placed into the epidural space using Fluoroscopic imaging. During this procedure the patient will be prone (on his or her stomach) for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Once the injection of the steroid is completed the needle is removed and a band aid is placed over the patient’s skin. The patient will transfer to a cart where he or she will wait for a minimum of 15 minutes to ensure there is no reaction to the steroid. Patients are not permitted to drive immediately following this procedure and will need to make arrangements for transportation home.
This procedure assesses the process of swallowing while eating and or drinking. A Speech Pathologist and Radiologist evaluate the patient for signs of aspiration during these activities. Contrast medium of different consistencies is used to evaluate any complications throughout the procedure. During this procedure patients are positioned usually in the upright position and instructed to swallow the contrast while a fluoroscopy (real time imaging) unit is used to record the activity. This study is reviewed and interpreted by the Radiologist for any complications. A pre-procedural prep may be needed for this procedure and will be provided by the ordering physician.
During this procedure the Urinary System, which consists of the Kidneys, Ureters, and Bladder will be evaluated for conditions including but not limited to cancer, kidney stones, enlarged prostate glands, and urinary system function. Intravenous Contrast in injected in the patient’s veins and ends up in the Urinary tract after the kidneys filter the blood. This collection in the kidneys and urinary tract enhances these areas and shows as a bright white on our images, which allows us to evaluate the system. Once the injection of Intravenous Contrast is injected a series of timed images will be taken. Because IV Contrast is used during this study a pre-procedural prep is needed and will be provided by the ordering physician. Note: this procedure is an Enhanced Study and calls for IV contrast. If you are allergic, diabetic, or experiencing lower kidney functions inform the ordering physician and the technologist.
An Arthrogram is a study that evaluates the joints such as the shoulder, knee, hip, wrist, and or ankle for conditions involving arthritis and persistent / unexplained pain. This procedure involves the use a fluoroscopic (real time imaging) unit and a contrast dye that is injected in the patient. The skin is cleansed with an antiseptic and a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area of interest. The Radiologist will then insert a needle into the joint space using the fluoroscopic unit and inject the contrast dye into the joint space. Once the contrast in is the joint capsule the patient will be asked to maintain several positions for an image series of the joint space. A Radiologist will review the images and interpret them for any disease. Note: this procedure is an Enhanced Study and calls for a form of IV contrast to be used. If you are allergic, diabetic, or experiencing lower kidney functions inform the ordering physician and the technologist.
This procedure is a dedicated study of the female reproductive anatomy and commonly used for those patients who have difficulty becoming pregnant. This study is primarily used to evaluate the shape and structure of the uterus, the openness of the fallopian tubes, inspecting the medical devices that prevent pregnancy such as (IUD) Intrauterine Devices, and also to assess for scarring. If you think you may be pregnant please inform the technologist prior to the exam. During this procedure the patient is asked to lie on their back with their knees bent or in stirrups. A speculum is inserted into the patient’s vagina, followed by a catheter into the cervix which has been cleansed. The speculum is then removed and the catheter allows the uterine cavity to fill with contrast. The patient will then be imaged using a fluoroscopic technique (real time imaging). Once the image series has been completed the catheter in the cervix will be removed and the patient will be allowed to sit up.
A cystogram is an x-ray exam that images the urinary bladder and its function. This procedure is used to diagnose several conditions consisting of reflux, urinary tract infections, tumors, polyps, and to ensure the bladder is intact after traumatic injuries to the pelvis. Prior to starting the procedure the Radiographer will ask the patient to void all urine in the bladder and change into a gown. The patient will be positioned on his or her back and the pubic area will then be cleansed. A urinary catheter will be placed into the bladder and a series of images will be taken. The function of the urinary bladder may be imaged under fluoroscopy (real time imaging) while voiding the contents of the bladder, this is referred to as a Voiding Cystogram. Once the imaging portion of the procedure is completed the catheter is removed and the patient is allowed to use the rest room.
This study involves multiple x-rays of the bony anatomy including image series of the spine, skull, and long bones. This procedure is used to evaluate for and diagnose the presence of multiple myeloma lesions in bone, arthritis, and multiple other medical conditions.
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