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.
Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray procedure that shows real-time, continuous images on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. It's used to diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions by displaying the movement of a body part, medical instrument, or dye (contrast agent) through the body.
How You Benefit
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.
Fluoroscopy allows your doctor to see internal organs and systems in motion, making it useful in many medical tests and procedures, such as barium X-rays, biopsies, catheter insertion, blood flow studies, and orthopedic surgery.
What to Expect
You will be asked to sit, stand, or lie on a table depending on the part of your body being imaged. Depending on your procedure, a lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield you from the X-rays. Each Xray exam may require two or more views. You may be asked to change your position before each view.
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.
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.
Learn more about these and other related conditions in our online Health Library.