Radiographs, commonly called X-rays, are medical images taken with invisible beams of radiation that create a picture on film, based on the different densities of the body’s structures. X-rays give a low dose of radiation and are limited to the area of interest, making this an extremely safe diagnostic tool to evaluate many parts of the body.
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Expert radiologists at NYU Langone’s imaging services review and interpret your X-rays to diagnose a variety of different conditions, including:
When you book your appointment, please tell our office staff if there is a possibility that you are pregnant. Please bring your prescription and any previous imaging reports, films, or CD-ROMs from tests including X-ray, MRI scans, and CT scans, if available.
Appointments are required for:
Several of the above examinations require certain pre-test preparation, including:
No preparation is required for a skeletal survey or arthrogram. For hysterosalpingogram, patients should abstain from intercourse from the time that menstruation ends, and the test should be scheduled on day 5 to 10 after bleeding ceases.
Patients who need X-rays are welcome to come to NYU Langone Radiology—Faculty Practice Radiology by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.
Depending on the body part imaged, several images may be obtained to provide a complete evaluation. The average X-ray study takes 15 to 20 minutes.
Fluoroscopy is a safe imaging technique that takes live X-ray images of the body by passing a continuous X-ray beam through the structure being studied. The X-ray images appear on a video screen in real time, which allows the radiologist to see how well the structure is functioning.
Fluoroscopy is especially useful in diagnosing problems of the digestive tract, kidneys, and gallbladder. C-arm fluoroscopy is also used in pain management procedures and radiological intervention to observe the action of the instrument being used to either diagnose or treat the patient.
A fluoroscopy exam often takes between 30 and 40 minutes. A contrast agent, given orally, by rectum, or by injection, is sometimes used for these studies.
The technologist transfers the images from your exam to a radiologist who specializes in the body part you had imaged. For instance, if you had a wrist X-ray, a musculoskeletal radiologist reviews the images.
The radiologist creates a diagnostic report. The results are faxed, mailed, or transmitted electronically to your physician, who contacts you with your results.
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