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As the fastest and easiest imaging method, an x-ray may be used for an initial evaluation for other possible conditions. This will aid your provider to decide whether a more detailed imaging exam is warranted.


Most x-rays require no preparation. You may be asked to change out of your clothes and into a hospital gown depending on what body part you are having tested. If you are having a barium study (for example a barium enema or upper gi), you may be asked to not eat or drink anything the night before your exam. You may also be asked to take a laxative the day before your exam.

Important things to tell your technologist:

  • If you are pregnant
  • Any previous exams of the area being tested
  • Any previous surgeries of the area being tested
  • Symptoms you are having

Note: The imaging staff is trained to acquire images for a radiologist to review. The radiologist is specially trained to look at x-ray studies and make a diagnosis off of them. The imaging staff is not fully trained to do so, therefore we will not be able to give you results at the time of your exam.