Frequently Asked Questions: General Radiology

Radiography is a form of diagnostic imaging also known as X-rays, Fluoroscopy, and Roentgenography. Using a higher energy form of light known as electromagnetic radiation, X-rays penetrate the body, creating an image on the film or radiograph. Dense structures, such as bone, absorb the X-rays, creating a white image. Less dense structures, such as organs, appear darker. X-ray’s are always taken in at least two views, typically a side-view and a straight-on view. Fluoroscopy uses continuous radiation to capture moving images of structures, such as the colon.

Radiography is painless and requires only very low doses of radiation. For those structures in the body that are not dense enough to form definitive images, patients may be required to take a contrast agent so doctors can more accurately view the structure on film. The contrast may be administered intravenously, orally, or via the organ being imaged.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Diagnostic Imaging Department at 715-939-1594.

General Radiology Frequently Asked Questions

Is the radiation of an X-ray dangerous?

No. The average amount of radiation a patient is exposed to during an X-ray is extremely low and well within the acceptable recommended amount.

I’m pregnant. Should I still get an X-ray?

Inform the radiological technologist that you’re pregnant (or even if you think you could be) and your lower abdomen will be protected with a lead apron.

Aren’t X-rays old-fashioned and “low-tech?”

No. X-rays are a highly accurate, vital, and cost-effective standard of diagnosis, particularly for diseases of the chest and examining bones and joints.

 

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