X-ray

What exactly is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for decades. It allows your doctor to view the inside of the body without having to make an incision. This is helpful with diagnosing, monitoring, and determining the course of treatment for many medical conditions. X-rays are particularly useful when looking at the skeletal system and some soft tissue conditions.

Arthrography

Arthrography is medical imaging used to help evaluate and diagnose joint conditions and unexplained pain. It is very effective at detecting disease within the ligaments, tendons and cartilage. It may be indirect, where contrast material is injected into the bloodstream, or direct, where contrast material is injected into the joint. Arthrography may use computed tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or fluoroscopy – a form of real-time x-ray.

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Bone X-ray

Bone x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of any bone in the body. It is commonly used to diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation. Bone x-rays are the fastest and easiest way for your doctor to view and assess bone fractures, injuries and joint abnormalities.

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Catheter Angiography

Catheter angiography uses a catheter, x-ray imaging guidance and an injection of contrast material to examine blood vessels in key areas of the body for abnormalities such as aneurysms and disease such as atherosclerosis (plaque). The use of a catheter makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure. Catheter angiography produces very detailed, clear and accurate pictures of the blood vessels and may eliminate the need for surgery.

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Catheter Thrombolysis

Catheter-directed thrombolysis treats vascular blockages and improves blood flow by dissolving abnormal blood clots. A blood clot, or thrombus, can block off blood supply to certain parts of the body and cause serious damage. Catheter-directed thrombolysis uses x-ray imaging and a catheter to guide special medication or a medical device to the site of a blood clot to dissolve the blockage.

Cerebral Angiography

Cerebral angiography uses a catheter, x-ray imaging guidance and an injection of contrast material to examine blood vessels in the brain for abnormalities such as aneurysms and disease such as atherosclerosis (plaque). The use of a catheter makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure. Cerebral angiography produces very detailed, clear and accurate pictures of blood vessels in the brain and may eliminate the need for surgery.

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Chest X-ray

Chest x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the chest. It is used to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall and may be used to help diagnose shortness of breath, persistent cough, fever, chest pain or injury. It also may be used to help diagnose and monitor treatment for a variety of lung conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and cancer. Because chest x-ray is fast and easy, it is particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.

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Children's Voiding Cystourethrogram

A children’s (pediatric) voiding cystourethrogram uses fluoroscopy – a form of real-time x-ray – to examine a child’s bladder and lower urinary tract. Exam results allow your physician to determine whether your child’s condition requires no therapy, medication, or surgery.

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Hysterosalpingography

Hysterosalpingography uses a real-time form of x-ray called fluoroscopy to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes of a woman who is having difficulty becoming pregnant. It’s also used to investigate miscarriages resulting from abnormalities within the uterus and to determine the presence and severity of tumor masses, adhesions and uterine fibroids. Hysterosalpingography can occasionally open blocked fallopian tubes to allow the patient to become pregnant afterwards.

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Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

Intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray exam that uses an injection of contrast material to evaluate your kidneys, ureters and bladder and help diagnose blood in the urine or pain in your side or lower back. An IVP may provide enough information to allow your doctor to treat you with medication and avoid surgery.

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Lower GI X-ray

Lower gastrointestinal tract radiography or lower GI uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy and a barium-based contrast material to help detect disease and abnormalities and diagnose symptoms such as pain, constipation or blood in the stool. It can often provide enough information to avoid more invasive procedures such as colonoscopy.

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Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture uses a thin, hollow needle and a special form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to remove a small amount of cerebrospinal fluid for lab analysis. It also may be used to deliver an injection of chemotherapy or other medication into the lower spinal column.

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Mylelogram

Myelography uses a real-time form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and an injection of contrast material to evaluate the spinal cord, nerve roots and spinal lining (meninges). It is particularly useful for assessing the spine following surgery and for assessing disc abnormalities in patients who cannot undergo MRI.

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Therapeutic Enema, Intussusception

Therapeutic enema is used to help identify and diagnose intussusception, a serious disorder in which one part of the intestine slides into another in a telescoping manner and causes inflammation and an obstruction. Intussusception often occurs at the junction of the small and large intestine and most commonly occurs in children three to 24 months of age. A therapeutic enema using air or a contrast material solution may be performed to create pressure within the intestine and "un-telescope" the intussusception while relieving the obstruction.

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Upper GI X-ray

Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography or upper GI uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy and a barium-based contrast material to produce images of the esophagus, stomach and small intestine. It is safe, noninvasive, and may be used to help accurately diagnose pain, acid reflux, blood in the stool and other symptoms.

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Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing Exam

A video fluoroscopic swallowing exam (VFSE) uses a form of real-time x-ray called fluoroscopy to evaluate a patient’s ability to swallow safely and effectively. It is typically well tolerated, noninvasive, and can help identify the consistencies of food that a patient can most safely eat.

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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
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ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
UW Cancer Center at ProHealth Care : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
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