What is Diagnostic Radiology?
This term describes x-rays, which use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film. Although each hospital may have specific protocols in place, generally, an x-ray procedure follows this process:
- The patient will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry which might interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined. The patient will be given a gown to wear if clothing must be removed.
- The patient is positioned (sitting, standing or laying) by the technologist so the part of the body that is to be x-rayed is placed between the x-ray machine and a cassette containing the x-ray film.
- The x-ray beam is then focused on the area to be photographed. Sometimes, multiple x-rays may be needed to view different angles.
Why Have an X-ray at St. Luke’s?
St. Luke’s uses a Digital Radiography unit, providing the best images available. It allows staff to make changes to the film without having to increase radiation exposure to the patient. All technologists performing x-ray exams are board-certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technology, ensuring every patient receives the highest standard of quality.
Make an Appointment
Your x-ray can be conveniently scheduled at either the St. Luke’s Radiology Department within the hospital or at the St. Luke’s Imaging and Breast Screen Center on campus. Physician Referrals are required for x-ray scheduling. Have your doctor call (712) 279-7979 to set up your appointment at St. Luke’s.