When your child falls off a swing or you slip on a slick surface or your aging mother experiences sudden pain in her back or hip, an X-ray may be required to assess the damage.
Diagnostic radiology and fluoroscopy (the medical terminology for X-ray) is one of the oldest forms of imaging and it is still the most frequently used. At Carilion Clinic in Virginia, we take X-rays to diagnose injuries and diseases of the bones, organs, and tissue. If you experience a traumatic injury, fracture, soft tissue damage, arthritis, or unexplained pain, your doctor will order an X-ray to get to the bottom of the problem. Diagnostic X-rays are also used to rule out certain diseases, including pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and other lung or heart conditions.
At Carilion we most commonly perform diagnostic X-rays on the following areas:
- Digestive system
- Urinary system
- Bones and joints
Diagnostic procedures that require the use of X-ray include:
- Barium enema, an X-ray examination of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract using a contrast material to reveal abnormalities.
- Cystourethrography, an X-ray that takes pictures of your bladder and urethra while you are urinating.
- Gallbladder X-ray, a diagnostic study of the small, pear-shaped, bile storage sac under your liver.
- General diagnostics.
- Hysterosalpingogram, a radiologic exploration of the uterus to assess infertility issues.
- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP), a diagnostic X-ray of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.
- Small Bowel/Upper G.I. studies, a series of X-rays taken to examine the small intestine, stomach, and esophagus.