Plain X-Rays & Barium Studies

Standard X-Rays are provided at our Voorhees, Turnersville, Route 73, Cherry Hill, Pennsauken, Haddonfield, Greentree, Washington Township, Cross Keys and West Deptford offices.

Barium Studies are provided at our Voorhees, Turnersville, Route 73, Cherry Hill, Cross Keys, Greentree, West Deptford and Washington Township offices.

What is an X-ray?

X-rays are forms of electromagnetic radiation like light. They are higher in energy, and can penetrate the body so that images of internal structures can be obtained. X-rays are used to expose a photographic plate or digital sensor. X-rays show parts of the body in various shades of gray, with some structures (e.g. bone) being whiter than organs (e.g. lung) which show up darker on the image.

Traditional radiography and fluoroscopy, such as Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI) and Barium Enema (BE), have long been standard diagnostic tools at SJRA. Sometimes, materials such as barium are used to enhance the images.

Our registered technologists have the benefit of the latest equipment, as well as digital radiography to insure low dose, high quality X-rays.

What is a Barium Enema and how do I prepare for it?

A Barium Enema is an X-ray examination of the colon after a barium liquid is introduced to allow better visualization. A barium enema can detect colon cancer as well as other disorders of the colon such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis).

It is important to follow the directions given to you to obtain a quality study.

What is an Upper Gastrointestinal Series and how do I prepare for it?

An Upper Gastrointestinal Series involves taking X-rays of the esophagus, stomach and/or small intestines after drinking a barium liquid. An Upper Gastrointestinal Series can detect disorders such as ulcers and certain cancers. To prepare for the test, do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight on the day of the examination. If you need to take medication which cannot wait until after the examination is over (usually about mid-morning), take it with a tiny sip of water. If you are a diabetic and cannot fast, please let us know in advance of your examination.


Women of childbearing age:
If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, please let your physician know immediately.


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