It is a fast, painless method for a doctor to determine if you have broken bones, joint or spine injuries. They are an important way to rule out certain problems and/or to prevent illnesses from becoming worse. X-rays can also be used to compliment other radiology procedures.
What Happens When I Get an X-ray?
An X-ray involves exposing a specific body part to a small amount of radiation to produce an image of the internal bones and organs. They can be still images or movie-like, known as fluoroscopy. As X-rays penetrate the body they are absorbed in varying amounts and show different features of the body in various shades of gray. Sometimes a contrast agent may be needed to increase the visibility of certain organs and/or body parts.
McLeod Regional Medical Center Provides a Full Range of Diagnostic X-ray Services
We also provide 24-hour/day support for the MRMC Emergency Department. Some of the X-ray exams performed at MRMC include:
- Arthrogram (Detects injury or disease in a joint, most commonly a knee or shoulder)
- Hysterosalpingogram (An X-ray of the uterus and fallopian tubes)
- IVP (Images of the kidneys, ureter, and bladder are taken)
- Lower GI Series/ Barium Enema (The colon and rectum are imaged during this test)
- Myelogram (An X-ray study of the spine)
- Upper GI Series/Barium Swallow (Provides information about the pharynx, esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine)
How do I Prepare for an X-ray?
Please bring all medications you are currently taking in their original containers with you to your X-ray. Patient preparation for X-ray procedures is dependent upon the specific procedure ordered by your doctor. Please contact your doctor's office before your procedure for specific instructions in addition to the following:
Lower GI/Barium Enema
- Patient needs to come to Radiology at their scheduled location at least two days before their appointment to pick up a prep kit if one was not provided by the ordering doctor.
- Do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight prior to their procedure.
- Patient needs to come by Radiology in the Pavilion at least two days before the procedure to pick up a prep kit if not provided by the ordering doctor.
- Because certain medications (ex - blood thinners) will need to be discontinued for up to a week prior to this exam, please discuss ANY medications you are taking with your doctor.
- On the day of the exam, you may have a light breakfast and then clear liquids only prior to the exam.
- Please arrive at the hospital one hour before your scheduled exam.
- Please make plans to have someone drive you home from the hospital.
For your convenience, Diagnostic Radiology Services are performed at three locations on the MRMC Campus:
- McLeod Tower, First Floor, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence
- McLeod Pavilion, First Floor, 801 East Cheves Street, Florence
- McLeod Plaza, First Floor, 800 East Cheves Street, Florence