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X-Ray (General Diagnostic Imaging)

X-ray is a type of high-energy radiation. In low doses, X-rays are used to diagnose diseases by making pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray technology was invented completely by accident, but it has allowed us to see inside the human body since 1895.

NorthCrest uses new state-of-the-art X-ray technology known as computerized radiography, which allows technologists to use the lowest dose of radiation while still obtaining high quality images. Computerized radiography uses a minimum of 30% less radiation than conventional film. In addition, computerized radiography allows the technologist to review your images within seconds, reducing wait time in the department. After your study is complete, your images are stored digitally in our PACS system, along with a copy of your report.

The X-ray technologists (radiographers) are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The technologists work closely with our board-certified radiologists to provide comprehensive, high quality diagnostic imaging and interpretation.  We offer extended evening and weekend hours for walk-in exams. 

Patients receive compassionate care and our team does everything possible to decrease anxiety by explaining procedures thoroughly, addressing concerns, answering questions and making you as comfortable as we possibly can.

General Diagnostic X-ray procedures include:

  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Spinal column (including scoliosis studies at select locations)
  • Skull
  • Upper and lower extremities

If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call (615) 384-1531, 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. to be connected with specialized staff that can answer your questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to change clothes for my procedure and why?
Patients may be asked to remove clothing and wear a hospital gown. Patients will also be asked to remove any metal objects (e.g. jewelry) that might interfere with image quality. We primarily utilize computerized imaging technology that allows us to obtain the best images possible with the most detail. We ask you to remove clothing because this technology is extremely sensitive and will show artifacts from clothing such as waistbands, rolled up pant legs, buttons, appliqués, etc. that could cause body parts to not be visible.

Can I still have X-rays if I am pregnant?
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you must inform the technologist prior to your procedure. Depending on the area of the body to be imaged, you may be referred back to your ordering physician prior to your procedure.

Once I arrive at the hospital where do I go to have my test?
Once you enter the main entrance of the facility you will stop at Patient Registration to register for your test.  Once registered, you will be escorted to Medical Imaging on the first floor of the hospital.