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What is an X-ray?

X-ray is an imaging technology used to view the inside of the body. X-ray uses radiation to take pictures of bone, tissue and organs to help physicians diagnose and treat many medical conditions.

When is X-ray used?

Physicians use X-rays to help identify problems and diagnose disease. X-ray often is used to view the lungs, stomach, intestines and bones. Bone X-rays also are used to help surgeons prepare for orthopedic surgery.

What can I expect during an X-ray?

X-ray is usually a painless, non-invasive procedure. The test typically is very fast, though patients' test times will vary depending on the number of separate views the physician needs.

When can I expect results?

The results of your exam typically are ready for your physician within 48 hours. Please allow 7 - 10 days for your physician to receive and review your test results. If you do not receive results after 14 days, please be sure to contact the physician who ordered the test.

How do I schedule an X-ray?

Routine X-ray exams, such as chest and foot, do not require an appointment and are done during the stated hours. A physician's order is required.

Appointments are needed for fluoroscopy exams. Examples include barium enema, upper GI, small bowel study, esophogram, swallowing study, and IVP. To schedule a fluoroscopy test, please call 630.275.APPT (2778).

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