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Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)

Hours of Operation

24 hours a day
7 days a week

The best times for outpatient services are between 8 am and 6 pm, Monday through Fridays and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm. These times are suggested so that the patient does not get delayed due to the technologist being tied up with emergency studies.

Radiography is the oldest form of medical imaging, and it is still the most frequently used. This technique produces an image of the shadows cast by your organs and tissues. Tissues that are denser, such as bones or blood vessels infused with contrast agents, are more clearly visible than other tissues.

There is no special preparation for a standard x-ray, though you will be asked to remove any jewelry or other metal in the area of interest, and may need to change into a hospital gown. The technologist will help you get into the correct position for your exam and will talk you through the procedure. As each image is taken, you will be asked to remain very still—even hold your breath—for a few seconds. You cannot see or feel the x-rays passing through your body; it is a painless procedure. A standard x-ray examination lasts 10-15 minutes per area of interest, during which time several images are taken.


Diagnostic radiology provides a specialized type of radiography called fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy uses x-rays to produce a real-time, moving image. A contrast agent is used so that specific structures (such as the intestines or blood vessels) will show up clearly during the exam. Depending on the exam, your doctor should discuss with you any special preparations you will need to follow. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. The technologist will get you into position and provide instructions throughout the procedure. As he or she observes the moving images, still frames can be captured to illustrate regions and functions of interest.

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For further information regarding Diagnostic Radiology Services at Heywood Hospital call (978) 630-6235. 

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