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X-RAY / FLUOROSCOPY


Pregnancy Notice

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.


X-RAY
Dalton Imaging performs a wide variety of X-ray exams ranging from simple plain film X-rays to complicated fluoroscopy procedures.

IVP (Intravenous Pyelogram)
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.

UPPER 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.

BARIUM ENEMA
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.

HYSTEROSALPINGOGRAM
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.

When 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.


 
 
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