Left & Right Knee X-Ray

Diagnostic Radiology, or X-ray, is the Oldest and Most Frequently Used Form of Medical Imaging

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


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