The Radiology Department at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offers various X-ray services including general X-ray and fluoroscopy imaging in our state-of-the-art facility. Our radiology services are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.
What You Should Know About General X-rays
An X-ray is a common imaging procedure that utilizes electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of bones, tissue, organs, or other structures inside the body. Your healthcare provider may have ordered an X-ray to help them diagnose a health problem such as bone fractures, injuries, signs of pneumonia in the lungs, certain types of tumors, or abnormal masses.
What To Expect
Before an X-ray, you may be asked to remove any metallic items you are wearing including jewelry or clothing with zippers or buttons. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, be sure to inform the radiologist or healthcare provider performing the procedure.
During an X-ray, you may need to stand or lie down in a certain position while the image is produced. Depending on the area of the body being X-rayed, you may be provided with a lead covering to prevent radiation exposure to other parts of the body.
What You Should Know About Fluoroscopy
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), defines fluoroscopy as a medical procedure that makes a real-time video (like a movie) of the movements inside a part of the body by passing x-rays through the body over a period of time. Fluoroscopy allows healthcare providers to look inside organs, muscles, joints, and bones.
Your healthcare provider may have ordered a fluoroscopy exam to find the cause of a health problem or guide treatment procedures inside the body. Fluoroscopy is commonly used to:
- Check for problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract which consists of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach
- Provide visual guidance during procedures to ensure the proper placement of stents, catheters, or other devices inside the body
- Guide injections deep into the spine or joints
- Identify or diagnose narrowing or blockages in arteries
- Determine if surgery has properly positioned or fixed broken bones
What To Expect
Before the procedure, you may be asked to drink a contrast dye or receive it intravenously by IV in your hand or arm. This dye allows the medical provider to see specific organs.
Be sure to let your healthcare provider or radiologist know if:
- You have ever reacted to any contrast dyes
- If you have poor kidney function or kidney disease
- If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant (You may be asked to take a pregnancy test before the procedure)
Jamaica Hospital’s Radiology Department utilizes advanced imaging technology to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. Our radiologists and technologists are highly trained in performing a wide range of imaging procedures. As a designated American College of Radiology Center of Excellence, it is our goal to deliver safe, compassionate, and high-quality imaging care in a warm and friendly environment.
To schedule an appointment with the Radiology Department, please call 718-206- 6138.