General Radiography

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The only all-digital x-ray system in Central Louisiana.

GE XRD Digital X-Ray System

General Radiography services include all routine radiographic procedures in addition to x-rays of the chest, spine and extremities. When performing these procedures, our radiologists use our GE XRD Digital X-Ray System - the all-digital x-ray system in Central Louisiana.

Patient Preparation

Before your examination, a radiographer will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. A radiographer, also known as a radiologic technologist is a skilled medical professional who has received specialized education in the areas of radiation protection, patient care, radiation exposure, radiographic positioning and radiographic procedures. As part of his or her duties, the radiographer will determine the amount of radiation necessary to produce a diagnostically useful image. 

The radiographer may ask you to put on a hospital gown and to remove any jewelry underneath it. This gown has no metal snaps on it, because metal can interfere with the accuracy of the image.

If you are a woman of childbearing age, the radiographer will ask if there is any possibility you are pregnant. It is important that you tell the radiographer the date of your last menstrual period and whether there is a chance that you may be pregnant.

During the Examination

You may be asked to lie down on the x-ray table, although in some cases the radiograph will be taken while you are standing. To ensure that you are properly positioned on the table, the radiographer will look for anatomical landmarks. He or she will touch the sight of anatomy being imaged to position you correctly. You may be asked to hold your breath while the exposure is made. It is important not to move during the exposure, because any movement will blur the image.

A lead-equivalent rubberized shield might be used to cover your reproductive organs, unless its use would interfere with the examination. Sometimes the area that needs to be examined would be hidden if a shield were used.

Once the examination is complete, the radiographer will process your x-ray images, determine whether they are technically acceptable and assess whether additional films are needed. The films then will be given to a radiologist, a physician who specializes in the diagnostic interpretation of medical images.

GE XR Digital X-Ray System

Performing all types of general radiography, this is the only all-digital x-ray system in Central Louisiana.