X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. They are used for the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and are produced with a small amount of radiation.
At CVMC our trained imaging professionals perform a wide range of x-ray procedures. We are committed to providing you – our valued patients – with quality, compassionate care with the most advanced technology in central Vermont.
Our staff of over 20 imaging professionals has over 150 years of combined clinical experience. We are all state licensed, ARRT registered technologists who perform over 20,000 exams annually. Many of our staff are trained in multiple specialities, allowing us to offer services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Routine X-Ray Exams
We perform routine x-ray procedures on extremities, spines, chests, and abdomens as routine and emergent studies.
DEXA Scans (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry)
Dexa is used for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. These scans are usually done of the hip and spine and take approximately 15 minutes. Visit www.ISCD.org for a more comprehensive guide to bone densitometry.
Fluoroscopy refers to “live” x-ray, meaning the radiologist is able to see movement within the patient’s body in real time. It’s most commonly used for studies of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and for guidance during special procedures. The following is a list of most of the fluoroscopy studies we offer:
- Upper GIs/Small Bowel
- Follow Throughs
- Barium Swallows
- Barium Enemas
- IVP – Intravenous Pyelograms
- Steroid Injections
- VCU’s – Voiding Cystourethrograms
Our surgeons utilize x-ray as guidance during many surgical procedures.
When patients are unable to come to us, we bring x-ray to them. We routinely bring x-ray to the emergency room, ICU, surgery, and to Woodridge, our on-site nursing home.
We recently acquired our first digital x-ray machine that has enabled us to reduce patient dose and wait times for many procedures. We also have:
- 1 Siemens fluoroscopy unit
- 2 Toshiba diagnostic rooms
- 2 Philips C-arms
- 1 GE C-arm
- 2 Siemens portables
- 1 Shimadzu portable
- 4 Fuji computerized radiography workstations
- 1 Hologic Dexa Unit
How to Prepare for Your Exam
Most x-ray exams do not require special preparations. You may, however, be asked to change into a gown or remove any jewelry or clothing that may interfere with the x-ray images.
Some exams require special dietary preparations and others require you to bring somebody with you who can drive you home following the procedure. If you are having one of these procedures you will be informed of the special instructions by your doctor’s office when the appointment is made.
If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant, or there’s a chance you could be pregnant, please notify the technologist before your exam.
After Your Exam
Most exams do not require follow-up care, but some do. If the procedure you’re scheduled to have requires special post procedure instructions, we will inform you of those instructions after your exam. Your images will be reviewed by one of our board certified radiologists and the results will be sent to your ordering provider within 48 hours.
If you have any questions about the information above or would like to know more, our number is 802-371-4250.