X-RAY / FLUOROSCOPY
Radiation can be very harmful to an unborn fetus. You should not
have any type of X-rays during pregnancy. If there is any possibility
that you may be pregnant, please inform your technologist.
Dalton Imaging performs a wide variety of X-ray exams ranging from
simple plain film X-rays to complicated fluoroscopy procedures.
An IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram) is a special X-ray test used to image
the kidneys in order to detect kidney stones, obstructions or masses.
You will be given an injection of a special X-ray contrast material
used to enhance the kidneys then X-rays are taken. The procedure
takes approximately 30 minutes. In preparation for this exam, the
patient is required to take a Fleets prep kit using the 24 hour
protocol when possible. The purpose of the Fleet enema prep kit
is to evacuate fecal material from the colon in order to better
visualize the kidneys.
If you are a diabetic patient presently taking Glucophage or Metformin
for diabetes and are scheduled for an IVP; please call our office
two days prior to your appointment.
If you are breast feeding and have an IVP, you will need to suspend
nursing for 24 hours.
GI / BARIUM SWALLOW
An Upper GI is an X-ray exam to examine the stomach. You will be
asked to drink a contrast material called barium while the radiologist
takes X-rays. The procedure takes about 20 – 30 minutes. For
this exam, the patient should not have anything to eat or drink
after midnight the night before the exam.
A Barium Enema is an X-ray exam of the colon. Contrast material
is given through an enema and the radiologist takes x-rays as the
colon fills. The procedure time is about 20 – 30 minutes.
In preparation for this exam, the patient is required to take a
Fleets prep kit using the 24 hour protocol when possible. The purpose
of the Fleet enema prep kit is to evacuate fecal material from the
colon in order to better visualize the colon.
A Hysterosalpingogram is used to study a woman’s fallopian
tubes. Using a technique similar to that of a pelvic exam, a physician
inserts a small tube into the uterus and a contrast material is
injected to determine whether or not the tubes are open. This procedure
takes approximately 30 minutes. No special preparation is required.
can I receive my results?
Your results will be faxed to your doctor’s office the same
day as your exam. A radiologist is available to tailor the exam
and discuss any concerns you may have. Dalton Imaging Center will
also provide the films to your doctor’s office upon request.
Because Dalton Imaging Center recognizes that tests and other medical
procedures can be unsettling at times, we make every effort to completely
answer any questions related to testing procedures.