FAQ - X-ray
Q1. How significant is the radiation in an X-ray?
A. The average amount of exposure to an X-ray is very low and is well within the acceptable amount recommended.
Q2. What does one do if an X-ray is required during pregnancy?
A. The X-ray technician should be informed and he should cover the lower abdomen with a lead apron. In case one’s pregnancy status is unknown, it is still a good idea to ask for protective cover.
Q3. Isn’t barium awful to taste?
A. No at Babina Diagnostics, it is pleasantly flavoured.
Q4. How long does a barium test take to perform?
A. An upper G.I. series takes 30 minutes. A full study takes 3-4 hours.
Q5. In these days of hi-tech investigations, are X-rays getting redundant?
A. No, X-rays are a very cost effective means of diagnosis, particularly where diseases of chest, bones & joints are concerned.
Q6. What is computerized radiography?
A. Computerised radiography is a type of X-ray that uses a small sensor instead of the film used in conventional X-rays.
Q7. What are its advantages?
A. There are numerous advantages of obtaining digital images for conventional radiology:
- Marked improvement in image quality with better trabecular details.
- No need for retakes as variations in exposure can be adjusted on the monitor after the image has been obtained. Thus a perfect image can be printed.
- Multiple images from one exposure thus providing complete satisfaction to different specialist doctors.
- Multiple images on one film thus resulting in saving on film.
- Abnormal portions can be enlarged, highlighted and labeled.
- Images can be documented on CD, high quality paper or viewed on a monitor, thus providing cheaper options.
Diagnostic Radiology Details
All types of X-rays are taken at Babina Diagnostics.
- At Babina Diagnostics, X-rays are taken on computerized radiography platform.
- Online instructions for Diagnostic Radiology.
- No special preparation is required for X-rays except for procedures and X-ray of abdomen.
- For Barium studies procedures, overnight fasting is required.
- For intravenous urography (IVU or IVP) 4 hours fasting is adequate.
- Appointments are generally given in the morning.
- It is advisable to take a mild purgative (Dulcolax) for a spine X-ray the night before in case of constipation to ensure adequate bowel preparation. This should not be taken however if appendicitis is suspected.
- Barium Enema studies are generally performed in the afternoon time as it is a time consuming procedure, requires privacy and does not require total fasting as the patient may have tea/coffee and something light to eat in the morning.
- For two nights prior to the study, a mild purgative (Dulcolax) is advisable. One day prior to the study, a total liquid diet avoiding all types of fatty food and milk products is to be taken all throughout the day.
- The preparation mentioned above is an ideal preparation. However in an urgent scenario where a barium enema is required, the patient may have a simple enema to evacuate the bowels and barium enema can be performed.
- Diabetic patients should take as early an appointment as possible and inform the centre of the same.
- For a HSG (Hystero Salpingography) 3 hours of fasting is necessary. The X-ray should be performed on the 6th or 7th day of the cycle.
- It is advisable to come in comfortable clothing.
- Please bring along reports of any prior X-ray.
- X-rays can be harmful to the developing fetus in a pregnant lady. Therefore it is advisable for pregnant ladies to inform the doctor of their condition.
Note - If you have an appointment for only routine X-rays, it is advisable to take an appointment for the afternoon to ensure less waiting time.