Radiography, or X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. These images can be viewed by hospital physicians via computer, eliminating the need for film. X-ray imaging is fast and provides a rapid method of evaluating the entire body – especially the bones and chest cavity. Outpatient registration is required except for upper/lower GI series tests.
Common Diagnostic Procedures
Chest X-ray – Performed to evaluate the lungs, heart or chest wall to diagnose pneumonia, heart failure, emphysema, lung cancer and other medical conditions.
Upper GI Series – An upper gastrointestinal (GI) series is an X-ray or fluoroscopic examination of the esophagus, stomach and the duodenum. Patients are usually asked to swallow a solution of baking soda crystals and barium contrast liquid.
Barium Enema – An exam to evaluate the colon and rectum during which patients are given an enema of liquid barium contrast solution. This coats the inside of the colon and rectum, producing a sharp, well-defined image. Both GI examinations are useful for diagnosing ulcers, polyps, cancer or signs of other illnesses, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Bone X-rays – Used to evaluate fractures, dislocations or other conditions.
Video Esophagram – This swallowing study is performed in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Speech and Hearing Department to evaluate the anatomy of the esophagus by video, recording patients swallowing barium contrast.
To schedule a CT procedure, call 1-844-RWJ4YOU (1-844-795-4968).