X-rays are a form of invisible, electromagnetic radiation used to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs of the human body. X-rays pass painlessly through body structures onto an imaging detector/receptor. Fauquier Hospital uses only direct digital x-ray technology, to ensure the radiation dose to our patients is as low as possible and that image quality is consistently very high. Through advanced computer processing, the information is converted to diagnostic images that are interpreted by radiologists (Physicians who specialize in medical imaging).
X-ray examinations are performed for many reasons, including assisting in the diagnosing of lung and abdominal/ gastrointestinal disease, and spine and bone/ joint injuries or disease. You can find extensive, highly reliable information about all types of medical imaging exams and procedures at https://www.radiologyinfo.org.
Here are links to exam/procedure instructions so you can be properly prepared and know what to expect.:
- Test preparation instructions for arthrogram.
- Test preparation instructions for barium enema.
- Test preparation instructions for hysterosalpingogram (HSG).
- Test preparation instructions for intraveneous pyelogram (IVP).
- Test preparation instructions for upper GI and/or small bowel exam.
Hours of Operation
X-rays are performed at Fauquier Hospital 24 hours per day, seven days a week by technologists serving our outpatients, inpatients and the Emergency Department. Outpatient walk-in examinations (non-scheduled exams) are performed from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Examinations performed by a radiologist rather than a technologist, such as fluoroscopic exams, biopsies, arthrograms and myelograms are provided on a scheduled or as-needed basis. These are typically scheduled Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.