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X-Ray

Radiography is the traditional X-ray that most of us are familiar with. While the basic technique is the same, radiographic images have come a very long way since the days of film development. The images now produced with radiography are highly detailed and much faster. The X-rays expose an image plate rather than film and a computer sends that image to a high-definition monitor. The images are ready immediately for the physician to view.

Hours and Locations

Outpatient radiography services are provided at the Faxton Campus from 7:30am to 9:00pm through scheduled exams and urgent care.

The Radiography Department at the St. Luke’s Campus is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Emergency and inpatient exams are performed around the clock and every effort will be made to perform any outpatient exams that are needed after traditional business hours. Patients coming for outpatient exams after traditional business hours must bring prescription from their provider and use the Emergency Department entrance. The Radiography Department may be reached at 315-624-6036 for any questions.

For appointments, please call Central Scheduling at 315-624-4600.

More Information about Radiography Services

Structures that are dense, such as bone, will block most of the X-ray particles and appear white. Metal and contrast media (a special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black, and muscle, fat and fluid will appear as shades of gray.

Much like conventional photography, motion causes blurry images on radiographs. Therefore, patients may be asked to hold their breath or not move during the brief exposure (about one second).

Female patients must inform the health care provider prior to the exam if she is pregnant, may be pregnant or has an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted. If abdominal studies are planned and the patient had a barium contrast study (such as a barium enema, upper GI series or barium swallow) or took medications containing bismuth (such as Pepto-Bismol) in the last four days, the test may need to be delayed until the contrast has fully passed.

All jewelry will need to be removed and the patient will wear a hospital gown during the X-ray examination because metal and clothing can obscure the images and require repeat studies.

There is no discomfort from X-ray exposure although patients may be asked to stay still in awkward positions for a short period of time.

For most conventional X-rays, the risk of cancer or defects due to damaged ovarian cells or sperm cells is very low. Most experts feel that this low risk is largely outweighed by the benefits of information gained from appropriate imaging. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image.