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.
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