X-rays & Fluoroscopy
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LMC Main Campus
2720 Sunset Blvd.
West Columbia, SC 29169
Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS)
How do X-rays work?
General radiography is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging and includes chest, spinal and extremity X-rays. X-ray images are a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
X-rays Produce Pictures of Inside of the Body
Imaging with X-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Since different types of tissues (bone, organs, etc.) absorb varying amounts of radiation, the images become different shades of gray and white. These images are then stored on a film cassette or on our Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS).
How should I prepare?
For a general X-ray, no preparations are necessary. Fluoroscopy preparation is based on the type of test you are having. Please check with your physician’s office or call the Radiology department if you have questions regarding your test at (803) 791-2460.
The radiologist Issues a report to your doctor.
After your X-ray, a Radiologist will study the exam by looking at the pictures on a computer using PACS. The Radiologist will issue a report and a copy of that report will be sent to your physician. Your physician will then call you with the results. Films of the exam can also be produced.
Our general radiographic service is augmented by conventional fluoroscopic procedures including barium enemas (lower GI), barium swallows (upper GI) and others.
In general, about a dozen fluoroscopic examinations are performed each weekday morning (both outpatient and inpatient). More of these exams are performed than any other on a yearly basis.