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X-ray Imaging

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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If your doctor has ordered an imaging exam through your NYU Langone Health MyChart account, you can schedule most imaging exams using the NYU Langone Health app.

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X-ray Technician with Patient

Expert radiologists at NYU Langone’s imaging services review and interpret your X-rays to diagnose a variety of different conditions, including:

  • arthritis
  • bone cancer
  • bowel obstruction
  • broken bones
  • emphysema
  • gallstones
  • joint dislocations
  • kidney stones
  • lung cancer
  • pneumonia
  • tuberculosis

Preparing for an X-ray

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:

  • arthrogram
  • barium enema
  • “Hypaque enema” for colostomy closure
  • esophogram or barium swallow test
  • hysterosalpingogram
  • intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
  • skeletal survey
  • small bowel study
  • upper GI or upper GI with small bowel
  • cystogram
  • voiding cystourethrogram

Several of the above examinations require certain pre-test preparation, including:

  • Barium enema: Requires bowel preparation 24 hours prior to the study.
  • Upper GI, upper GI with small bowel, and small bowel series: Nothing by mouth for 12 hours prior to study. However, you can take your medications with as little water as possible.
  • Esophagram: No preparation necessary, although it is preferred that you do not eat solid food for three hours before the study.
  • IVP, cystogram, voiding cystourethrogram: No preparation necessary, although it is preferred that you do not eat solid food for three hours before study.

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 without an appointment, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.

During an X-ray

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.

After an X-ray

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.

Questions or Comments About Your Visit

Your experience is important to us. If you have questions or comments about your visit, please email puttingyoufirst@nyulangone.org or call our ombudsman at 212-263-5222.

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