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General Radiology (X-ray)

An X-ray (radiograph) is an exam that helps physicians diagnose and treat conditions. X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body. X-rays pass through body structures onto specially treated plates (similar to camera film).

General X-rays, such as chest, skull, and extremities are performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

No special preparation is required for most X-rays. Patients may be required to remove clothing, depending on the type of material or the design. The technologist will provide a loose-fitting hospital gown to wear and patients may be asked to remove necklaces or other jewelry. A pregnancy questionnaire may be needed for female patients 10 years of age and older.

Taking an X-ray is just like taking a picture. Patients do not feel anything but may hear the X-ray camera make a noise. X-ray suites are dimly lit and patients must remain still for the exam.

What to expect with a chest X-ray
What to expect with a voiding cysto-urethrogram (VCUG)

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Referring physicians: To schedule your patient (inpatient/outpatient), call 682-885-4076. You'll find referral forms on our appointments page.

Patients: For questions regarding your child's appointment, to reschedule or cancel, please call 682-885-4076. Schedulers are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your doctor's office may have given you some directions to follow. If these directions are not followed correctly, your child's appointment may be delayed or rescheduled.

Preparing for your visit

If your child has been referred to us for a test and/or procedure, we will contact to you to schedule an appointment. At that time you will also be given any special instructions necessary to prepare for your visit, depending on what services your child will be receiving.