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Digital Imaging

Digital X-Ray

X-ray imaging (radiography) is the oldest and most commonly used technique in radiology. Digital x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. They are often used to help diagnose fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue. Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.

Services We Provide

Abdomen X-Ray

Abdominal x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the abdominal cavity. It is used to evaluate the stomach, liver, intestines and spleen and may be used to help diagnose unexplained pain, nausea or vomiting. When used to examine the kidneys, ureters and bladder, it's called a KUB x-ray. As an abdominal x-ray is fast and easy, it is particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.

Bone X-Ray

Bone x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of any bone in the body. It is commonly used to diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation. Bone x-rays are the fastest and easiest way for your doctor to view and assess bone fractures, injuries and joint abnormalities.

A bone x-ray is used to:

  • diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
  • demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
  • guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
  • look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
  • assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
  • locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.

Chest X-Ray

Chest x-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the chest. It is used to evaluate the lungs, heart, airways, blood vessels and chest wall. It is one of the most common exams in radiography.

A chest x-ray is used to:

  • diagnose shortness of breath, persistent cough, fever, chest pain or injury.
  • detecting cancer, pneumonia, COVID-19 and other abnormalities.
  • monitor treatment for a variety of lung conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema and cancer.

What should I expect?

X-rays are fast, easy and painless. The part of your body to be examined will be properly positioned and several different views of that body part may be obtained.

This exam requires little to no special preparation. Tell your doctor and the technologist if there is any possibility you are pregnant. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

Leading edge technology backed by compassion and commitment.

At Gunnison Valley Health, we provide advanced imaging services right here in the Gunnison Valley. Our on-site radiologists and certified technologists offer expertise, experience, and diagnostic excellence to the residents and guests of our area.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Gunnison Valley Health's Diagnostic Imaging Department at (970) 641-7253.