These procedures use X-rays to examine the inside of the body for abnormalities. They may include:
- Skeletal (bones and joints)
- Chest (heart, lungs)
- Abdomen/Gastrointestinal (digestive tract)
- Barium Swallow/Esophagram – esophagus
- Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) – esophagus, stomach, and part of small intestine Small Bowel Follow-Through/Enteroclysis - small intestine
- Barium Enema (BE) - large intestine, also known as the colon
- Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreaticogram (ERCP) - gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas
- Myelogram - spinal cord and nerves
- Arthrogram - Joints
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) – uterus and fallopian tubes
- Urinary System
- Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) – kidneys, ureters,and bladder
- Cystogram, Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG) – bladder and urethra
- Venogram, Arteriogram - veins and arteries
Studies of the gastrointestinal tract usually require oral (sometimes rectal) administration of liquid contrast material, usually a solution of barium. Studies of the urinary system, as well as myelograms, arthrograms, hysterosalpingograms, and all blood vessel studies require injection of X-ray contrast material, a clear dye which contains iodine.
The patient will usually need to undergo special preparation for these exams in order to insure a safe, high quality procedure. Specific prep instructions will be given to the patient when scheduling takes place.
Duration: Can range between 15 and 90 minutes depending on the procedure(s). Specific information will be given when a patient is being scheduled.
Note: For all X-ray procedures, please advise the technologist if you are pregnant, and/or diabetic, if you are allergic to latex, or if you are allergic to iodine, seafood, or have a previous reaction to a contrast injection!
Ultrasound uses sound waves to visualize your internal organs or body tissues. The sound waves are harmless and most examinations are painless and simple. The patient lies down while the technologist presses a small probe along the area to be examined.
An examination which utilizes small quantities of radioactive materials to help diagnose and/or treat a wide variety of diseases and disorders. This diagnostic tool can enable the radiologist to diagnose disease earlier and can help make treatment more timely and effective.
Computerized Tomography Scanning (CT SCAN) uses X-ray radiation to visualize the internal organs and/or body parts. The images are cross-sectional which presents a different, usually more detailed perspective than regular x-ray exams.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a special large magnet, radiowaves, and a computer to produce two or three-dimensional images of the internal organs and body tissues. No X-ray radiation is used.
To contact the Imaging Department, please call (940) 384-3640.
Mayhill Diagnostic Center
Outpatient imaging proceedures are also available through Mayhill Diagnostic Center, Denton Regional's outpatient diagnostic center. For more information, please click here.