Diagnostic imaging is also known as X-ray. It is an examination that uses electromagnetic energy beams to produce images onto film, or, thanks to modern technology, on a computer. When the image is processed by a computer, it is called Computerized Radiography or Digital Radiography. X-rays are used to visualize the inside of the human body looking for injury or illness. The most common types of X-rays are of bone, lungs and abdomen.

Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray that is visible at the immediate time of the image. This is sometimes referred to as "live X-ray." It is viewed on a monitor that resembles a television. The most common types of examinations that use fluoroscopy are:

  • Upper gastrointestinal series (UGI)
  • Barium esophogram
  • Air contrast barium enema (ACBE)
  • Barium enema (BE)
  • Voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG)
  • Cystograms
  • Modified barium swallow (3-phase swallow study or cookie study)
  • Hysterosalpingograms
  • Fistulagrams/sinus tract injection
  • Diaphragm movement (sniff test)

Preparation for Your Examination

  • Your physician or Imaging Services will inform you of specific instructions for the preparation of your examination, if any are needed
  • Inform your physician or radiologic technologist if there is a chance of pregnancy

Diagnostic Imaging Examination Description

These examinations are completed in various ways depending on the area being examined. Examinations can be performed standing, sitting or lying on a table. Terre Haute Regional Hospital has X-Ray tables that adjust for patient accessibility. If you have any questions, please call the Imaging Services Department at (812) 237-1625.