What is it?

X-rays use a small amount of radiation to take internal images of the body of film like a camera. Our radiologists have advanced x-ray and flouroscopy technology that provide diagnostic assistance for a wide range of film imaging.


Diagnosing broken bones, pneumonia, dental problems. Mammograms are a common type of X-ray used to help diagnose breast cancer.

What Happens

You may be asked to lie still on an X-ray tabel or sit or stand by the table. You may wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body.

What You Need to Know

  • Procedures vary according to the examination purpose of the x-ray.
  • For instance, an x-ray for your large intestine is taken in conjunction with a barium enema. Preparations for this exam differ from an Upper GI Series which involves imaging the esophagus, stomach, and a portion of the small intestines during which you're asked to sip a barium "cocktail." For an intravenous pyelogram (IVP), an injected "contrast medium" is used to highlight areas of the kidneys, ureters, and the urinary bladder.
  • The length of time for each of these examinations can vary from 45 minutes to an hour.

X-rays require a referral from your physician. To find a physician, call 844.GO.SOVAH.