X-rays are forms of electromagnetic radiation similar to 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) appearing whiter than organs (e.g. lungs) which appear 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, including digital radiography, to insure low dose, high quality x-rays.