X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, joint or spine injuries. At least two images (from different angles) are taken and often three images are needed if the problem is around a joint (knee, elbow or wrist). X-rays also play a key role in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of sports-related injuries. X-ray may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones although early screening for cancer findings requires other methods.
Barium studies are performed for examination of the esophagus, stomach, and small bowel (upper GI) or colon (lower GI). Barium is administered by mouth or enema, and, using a special X-ray machine called a fluoroscope, passage of barium is monitored by the radiologist on a TV. X-rays are then taken with the barium in the stomach and bowel.
Patient preparation for fluoroscopy exams:
There is no special preparation required for most bone radiographs. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects that could show up on the images and overlap important findings. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
All of the radiography equipment at the Imaging Center of Idaho was chosen to ensure the highest quality images, significantly reduced examination time, and low radiation exposure to both the patients and the physicians/technologists. We have Digital Fluoroscopy and Computed Radiography which are now the industry standard for Radiographic imaging.