X-ray imaging at the UVM Medical Center
X-ray imaging provides a quick method for looking inside your body to identify the source of pain or monitor an existing condition. We routinely use X-ray tests to identify bone fractures and other bone issues, as well as to examine the lungs for a variety of conditions.
X-ray machines produce images by using a concentrated beam of electromagnetic radiation. The beam painlessly passes through your body tissue, organs and bones to take a precise picture of what might be causing your health problem to help guide your treatment.
At The University of Vermont Medical Center, our radiology team is made up of fellowship-trained physicians and certified technologists skilled at performing a broad range of X-ray exams. Together, we focus on your safety and comfort to obtain the highest quality images and provide your doctor with the most accurate results.
- Full range of exams: Our specially trained technologists have extensive knowledge and experience performing all types of X-ray procedures that address your specific medical needs, including routine X-rays, bone density scans and “live” X-ray fluoroscopy studies that capture movement within your body in real time.
- Leading-edge technology: We offer the latest X-ray technologies in outpatient, hospital and nursing home settings. With faster imaging speed than traditional X-ray, our ultramodern digital imaging capabilities allow us to minimize your radiation exposure, enhance your comfort and save you time.
- Expert analysis and interpretation: One of our highly qualified diagnostic radiologists will thoroughly review your X-ray exam and report the results to your doctor. As expert physician consultants, our radiologists play an important role in your health care team.
Conditions we treat with X-ray imaging
The ability to examine many parts of your body makes X-ray an exceptionally useful diagnostic tool for a wide array of health concerns. Your doctor may order an X-ray to diagnose:
- Bone conditions including fractures, arthritis and bone cancer
- Lung infections and lung cancer
- Problems in your digestive (or GI) tract
- Blood vessel health
- Signs of congestive heart failure, such as an enlarged heart
At the UVM Medical Center, we offer a variety of X-ray services for:
- Routine and emergency diagnostic exams
- Bone densitometry (bone density scans) to diagnose osteoporosis
- Fluoroscopy studies, including:
- Barium studies of the upper and lower GI tract
- Steroid injections
- Intra-operative exams for guiding surgical procedures
What to expect from an X-ray exam
Most routine X-ray exams do not require advance preparation. For some tests, you may need to swallow or be injected with a contrast agent to provide better detail of blood vessels, joint spaces and the organs of your digestive system. Some exams may involve not eating or drinking several hours beforehand. Others may require you to bring someone with you who can drive you home after the procedure.
You will be informed ahead of time if any special preparation is needed. Carefully follow any special instructions you receive from our radiology team prior to your X-ray.
Before starting your procedure, the technologist will explain the X-ray exam to you. To ensure optimal imaging results, our experienced team member will give you specific instructions about your breathing and body positioning during the X-ray.
If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or there’s a chance you could be pregnant, please notify the technologist before your exam.
Awards and certification
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
At the UVM Medical Center, all of our state-licensed radiologic technologists have passed the rigorous requirements leading to American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification. Awarded by the world’s largest organization offering credentials in medical imaging, this globally recognized certification ensures that our staff is qualified to provide you with the highest standard of care. Many of our team members are trained in multiple radiologic specialties.