Providence Hospital/Out-Patient Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray) Departments use several methods to produce x-ray images. X-Rays are used to illustrate a detailed view of bones and tissues to diagnose abnormalities. A minimal amount of radiation is passed through the body and an image is captured. The captured image is then processed digitally. This digital image is sent electronically and interpreted by a Board Certified Radiologist. Results of the exam will be sent to your physician as soon as possible.
To obtain your x-ray you may be asked to put on a gown. The Technologist will either instruct you to stand or to lie on an x-ray table. The Technologist may assist you in turning in different positions to obtain the images needed to complete the exam.
Fluoroscopy is another method used in the Diagnostic Department. Fluoroscopy examines the tissues and deep structures of the body. Fluoroscope projects images in a cini sequence (real-time) on a monitor. Fluoroscopic procedures are performed by the Radiologist and with the assistance of a Technologist. You may be asked to turn in different positions during a fluoroscopic procedure.
Some diagnostic procedures require the use of a safe contrast media. Contrast can be administered in various ways by injection, orally and rectally. It is important to tell the Technologist if you have had a history of an adverse reaction to contrast.
Female patients need to tell the Technologist if they are pregnant or if there is a possibility of pregnancy.
Outpatient – POD