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Department of Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology FAQ

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What is Diagnostic Radiology?

A. Diagnostic Radiology procedures are important medical tools that use radiation in the form of X-rays to help diagnose disease or injury. X-rays penetrate body tissues and produce a
photographic or TV image that provides vital information about normal structures as well as
diseases in the body.

Q. Why have a Diagnostic Radiology exam?

A. Diagnostic X-rays are used to examine all parts of the body from head to toe. For example,
diagnostic X-rays can be used to identify problems in the digestive system and kidneys, and
find evidence of bone fractures and dislocations.

Q. Why come to the Medical Center for Diagnostic Radiology?

A. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offers state-of-the-art technology and our
Ultrasound and MRI Departments are recognized as accredited sites by the American
College of Radiologists.

Our highly trained and specialized staff of registered technologists and Board Certified
and Fellowship trained radiologists possesses the expertise needed for accurate diagnosis
and compassion to make patients feel at ease.

Advanced technology has made x-ray film a thing of the past. The Department of Radiology
is now using a digital system that enables the immediate transfer and access of diagnostic
images throughout the Medical Center and to appropriate medical professionals.

Q. What can I expect during the procedure?

A. Depending upon the tissues or organs being studied, the procedure will vary and may
involve the use of a contrast medium, which will help make soft tissues stand out.

• Arthrogram: A test used to examine joints. A contrast medium is injected into a joint
to detect injury or disease.
• Upper or Lower Gl Series: A test used to examine the digestive tract. Patients may
be asked to drink the contrast material or it may be administered by enema.
• Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) or Urogram: A test used to examine kidneys,
ureters, and bladder. The contrast medium is injected into a vein.
Typically, patients will be asked to lie down on an X-ray machine and hold still while the Xrays
are taken. For most patients, Diagnostic Radiology is a quick and painless procedure.

Q. How do I prepare for a Diagnostic Radiology Exam?

A. Doctors will provide detailed instructions on preparing for the test. Preparations will vary
depending upon the procedure. For example, patients may be asked to make dietary
changes, or to avoid food or drink for a period of time prior to having the examination.
Patients who are pregnant must alert their doctor, who will decide whether it is safe to have
an X-ray examination. Doctors should also be advised of any allergies, or any previous
reactions to a contrast medium.

Helpful hints:
• Wear comfortable clothing
• Leave jewelry, including your watch at home

Q. What if I still have questions about a Diagnostic Radiology?

A. For more information, call the Department of Radiology at 201-894-3400.