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Count on radiology technicians and doctors at Essentia Health for accurate X-ray and fluoroscopy imaging. Getting an X-ray can help your doctor diagnose a health condition and develop a treatment plan.
An X-ray machine uses electromagnetic waves to create black-and-white pictures of the inside of your body. This common imaging test is quick, easy, and noninvasive.
Your doctor may recommend an X-ray to:
A special type of X-ray, called a fluoroscopy, creates a real-time, movie-like X-ray image that’s displayed on a screen. Your doctor may recommend a fluoroscopy to:
For most X-rays, you’ll lie on an exam table and be asked to stay still while an X-ray machine takes pictures of your body. You may be asked to hold your breath for a second or two. You won’t feel any pain, but, depending on the area being examined, you may need to hold an uncomfortable position for a short amount of time.
For some tests, such as fluoroscopy exams of your digestive tract, you may be given a contrast dye before your scan so your doctor can more easily examine a specific part of your body.
Count on the radiologists at Essentia to accurately read your X-rays and share the results with your primary care or referring physician promptly. Your doctor will talk to you about the results.