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General Diagnostic Imaging

What is a diagnostic X-ray procedure?

A diagnostic X-ray is a procedure used to make radiographs (X-ray pictures) of the body's bones and internal organs. Radiographs help physicians detect or rule out abnormalities and disease, such as pneumonia, broken bones or signs of cancer.

Do I need a physician's order to get an X-ray?

Yes, your physician must order the X-ray. If you are given a written order (script) for your test, bring it with you or the exam may be delayed.

Where can I get my X-ray taken?

You may get your X-ray taken at Wheeling Hospital, Belmont Community Hospital or one of the Outpatient Clinics. If you have your X-ray taken at Wheeling Hospital, stop at Outpatient Registration (Tower 4) before going to the X-ray Department. Outpatient Registration closes at 5:30 p.m. If you arrive later than that, register by entering through the Emergency Room.

What are the hours of operation?

The hours of operation vary according to the facility.

Do I need an appointment?

You do not need an appointment for a regular X-ray, such as a chest X-ray. You only need an appointment for specialized exams, such as an IVP, upper GI or barium enema.

How long will my X-ray take?

The time it takes to complete an X-ray depends on the number of exams your physician orders. It could be as quick as 10 minutes for a single chest X-ray or longer for multiple exams. It also depends on whether there are other patients ahead of you.

Will I need to put on a patient gown?

Depending on the exam, you may be asked to put on a patient gown. The technologist may also ask you to remove jewelry, hair clips or dentures if they will interfere with the area of interest.

Questions the technologist may ask:

  • Do you have allergies, asthma or diabetes?
  • Have you ever had a reaction to a contrast medium (X-ray dye)?
  • Are you pregnant or could you be pregnant?

During the exam:

The technologist will position you and ask you to remain still for the exposure. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds. The technologist will move in and out of the X-ray room while the images are processed.

After the exam:

In most cases, you won't get results the same day. Your health care provider will receive a copy of the results to review with you.
Experienced Technologists

Experienced Technologists

All technologists who provide radiology services in Wheeling Hospital's Radiology/Nuclear Medicine Department are board registered and licensed by the State of West Virginia.