What is Diagnostic Radiology?
Diagnostic radiology relies on a variety of imaging modalities to create digital images of the body, its organs and other internal structures with external radiation for the purpose of diagnosis.
Our Diagnostic Technologists are certified and registered with the Washington State Department of Health, as well as with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), as Radiologic Technologists.
Before Your Test
- You may be instructed to not eat or drink for a certain number of hours, prior to the examination
- You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry or garments with metal closures from the part of your body being imaged (these items can block part of the image)
- You may be asked to put on a gown
- You may be asked about your overall health or any medications you take
Let the technologist know if you:
- Are or may be pregnant
- Have had this or any other part of your body x-rayed before
- Have metal in the part of your body being imaged
During Your Test
- You may be asked to lie, sit or stand for your x-ray study
- A lead apron may be draped over part of your body
- You may be asked to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds, if your chest or abdomen is being examined
- Each exam requires at least two images; you will need to move your body before each new scan
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center
2901 Squalicum PkwyBellingham, WA 98225