WRH has two radiographic suites, one equipped to perform conventional radiographic and fluoroscopic exams, while the other imaging suite is specially designed for trauma exams. These rooms are networked to the hospital digital image system and are staffed 24/7 with professional radiographers.
What is general Radiographic Study?
The term General Radiographic Study includes exams we commonly associate with x-ray. X-ray exams, like chest, hand or foot are included in this category. This form of imaging has been around for many years and continues today as a primary diagnostic imaging tool.
Today's general radiographic study is technically advanced to those a few years ago and the x-ray film has given away to the digital imaging. WRH uses computerized radiography technology to produce the highest quality general radiographic images.
Reasons for General Radiographic Exams.
General Radiographic exams are usually ordered in response to illness or injury. Radiographic studies are an integral part of a physician's diagnostic exam. Just like a stethoscope listens to the patient's lungs, a chest x-ray allows the doctor to see into the patient's lungs. Radiographic exams are a window into our body that exposes hidden disorders that might otherwise be missed.
What should I expect?
Most general radiographic studies require no special preparation. You may be asked to change into an imaging gown.
How long will the exam take?
Most general radiographic studies are relatively short in duration. Time required to complete an exam is usually 10 to 30 minutes.
Are IVs or shots involved?
Yes, there are a few kidney related radiographic exams that require an injection of a contrast agent, which will allow the renal structures to be more visible. Since this is an iodine based radiopharmaceutical, you will be questioned about your history of drug allergies. You will be informed of any possible side effects or reactions that might occur with the injection of these drugs. Please be assured your safety is paramount to us and we take every precaution to insure your safety. Lastly, you will be asked to sign a consent allowing the technical staff to proceed with exam.