X-rays use small doses of radiation to create pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are especially helpful for bone fractures and joint injuries. They can also be used to find an infection, locate tumors, look for fluid in the lungs, locate the cause of an intestinal obstruction and diagnose heart and large blood vessel problems.

Technology to Benefit You

Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers a full range of X-ray technology, including a bariatric X-ray unit that can accommodate patients weighing up to 700 pounds.

X-ray procedures are generally painless, fast and easy, which makes the technology particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment. Medical X-rays increase the ability to detect disease or injury early enough for a health condition to be managed, treated and cured.

Barium X-rays use a milky substance containing barium to coat the lining of the stomach or intestines and help diagnose abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract, such as tumors, ulcers and other inflammatory conditions, polyps and hernias. These imaging procedures are sometimes referred to as upper GI series and lower GI series.

Intravenous pyelogram, also called intravenous urography, is a diagnostic X-ray of the kidneys, ureters and bladder.

The Radiation Right safety program at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where we adhere to nationally approved safety protocols that prevent accidental or excessive exposure, ensures you receive the lowest effective dose of radiation.

What to Expect

Learn more about X-ray at our online Health Library.

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