Diagnostic

Diagnostic radiography produces two-dimensional images using x-ray radiation. These images are useful in the detection of disease or deformity of the skeletal system as well as detecting some disease processes in soft tissues. Diagnostic procedures are performed by a machine focusing a small amount of radiation on the area of the body to be examined. The X-rays pass through the body, creating an image.

Once you arrive for your exam, a certified diagnostic technologist will escort you into the X-ray room to stand, sit, or lie on a table that is near an X-ray machine. An apron or shield might be placed over your body to protect sensitive organs during the exam.

You may also be asked to remove any jewelry or other metallic items from your body before your X-ray is taken. Always tell your doctor or radiologist if you have metal implants from prior surgeries. These implants can block X-rays from passing through your body and creating a clear image.

What can I expect during the exam?

Once you arrive for your exam, certified diagnostic technologist will escort you into the X-ray room to stand, sit, or lie on a table that is near an X-ray machine. An apron or shield might be placed over your body to protect sensitive organs during the exam. You may also be asked to remove any jewelry or other metallic items from your body before your X-ray is taken. Always tell your technologist if you have metal implants from prior surgeries. These implants can block X-rays from passing through your body and creating a clear image.

Will I be exposed to radiation?

While diagnostic radiology is considered safe, you will be exposed to a low dose of radiation. To assure you receive the lowest dose possible, all of the equipment at Midland Memorial Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiology and your exam is completed by technologists who are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The equipment also has dose limiting features to help reduce the amount of radiation received during the test. In the vast majority of cases, the diagnostic benefit greatly outweighs the risk of radiation.

How do I prepare for the exam?

If any special preparation is required for your examination, your provider’s office or the Midland Memorial Hospital scheduling department will inform you upon scheduling the exam. If you still have questions, please call Rhonda Lupardus at (432) 221-4705 or email rhonda.lupardus@midlandhealth.org.

In order to obtain the highest quality images, you will be asked to remove any items that could obstruct the scan, such as jewelry. Most scans will require you to change into a hospital gown.

How will I know the results?

Following your exam, a radiologist will analyze and interpret the data from your exam and prepare a full report. The report will be sent directly to your physician who will share the results with you. To request a copy of the report, you may contact your physician's office or the Medical Records Department at (432) 221-1600.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Your physician's office will provide you with the necessary referral and will either contact Midland Memorial Radiology scheduling or may have you call and make the arrangements. To schedule an appointment, you may contact us at (432) 221-DOCS (3627).

What do I need to bring with me the day of the exam?

You will need to bring the order your physician gave you, a form of personal identification and any insurance or Medicare information. If you are taking any medications, please print and complete the second page of the Pocket Medication Card and bring the list with you. Please do not bring the medications. This will help expedite your visit and reduce the possibility of losing any of your medications.