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X-ray Services at Southcoast Health

An X-ray (also called radiography) creates images of structures inside of your body. X-rays use a small, safe amount of ionizing radiation to make the pictures. Different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. On the image, this shows up as shades of black and white.

Radiologists are highly trained physicians who are able to interpret X-ray films, as well as other diagnostic images. Whether you’re looking for a clearer picture for your diagnosis, treatment or overall care, you can depend on the radiology team at Southcoast Health. We offer X-ray services in Fall River, North Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham, MA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Why It Is Performed

Doctors use an X-ray to examine internal body parts and diagnose various conditions. X-rays are a common diagnostic test in emergency, urgent care and hospital settings at Southcoast Health.

Abdominal Conditions

An abdominal X-ray may be used to help diagnose:

  • Unexplained nausea, belly or pelvic pain
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Digestive tract problems
  • Kidney stones
  • Swallowed objects

Bone Conditions

Doctors may use an X-ray to diagnose joint pain, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone cancer
  • Broken bones
  • Infections

Chest Conditions

Doctors may use a chest X-ray for shortness of breath, cough with fever or following an injury to help diagnose:

  • Chest trauma (including broken ribs and collapsed lung)
  • Enlarged heart
  • Fluid in the lungs
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia

What to Expect During Your X-ray in MA or RI

The technologist will position your body on an X-ray table or platform. You may need supports or other devices to keep your body part in position. You may wear a lead apron or covering to protect other areas of your body from radiation.

You may be asked to hold your breath momentarily for some X-rays to avoid blurring the image. The technologist will check the images to make sure they are clear and readable. Sometimes it’s necessary to repeat the X-ray to get the best image. Most X-rays take just a few minutes.

What Your Results Mean

A Southcoast radiologist in MA or RI will read and interpret your X-ray before sending a report to your doctor. After seeing the results, your doctor may be able to diagnose your problem and recommend treatment. If not, he or she may order additional imaging exams or other tests.

Southcoast Radiology Imaging Services provides efficient imaging and X-rays to patients in Fall River, North Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham, MA, as well as parts of Rhode Island. Find a location near you.