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X-Ray is the most common type of diagnostic imaging and is used for more than just detecting a broken bone. Flouroscopy, a more advance form of X-Ray allows doctors to see images in real time. X-Ray is used for:

  • Skeletal imaging
  • Upper GI exam
  • Lower GI exam
  • Small bowel Study
  • Esophogram barium swallow

Other X-ray capabilities include:

Hysterosalpingiogram: produces images of the uterus and fallopian tubes and is commonly used for women experiencing infertility problems to help assess anatomical structure and condition of reproductive organs. Also used as a tool for women post Essure/Adiana procedures to make sure fallopian tubes are blocked in order to prevent pregnancy.

Cystogram: examines the urinary bladder and shows the position and shape of the bladder. This exam can detect polyps, tumors, and help diagnose reflux.

Voiding Cystogram: provides an image of the bladder as it empties of urine and allows the physician to see the function of the bladder and lower urinary tract.

Video Swallowing Assessment: allows a physician to diagnose swallowing disorders by watching the movement of barium through the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Northern Illinois University Speed Pathology experts assist with this procedure which is used for children and stroke patients, in addition to other conditions.

Arthrogram: provides physicians visuals of the structure and functions of joints including shoulder, wrist, hip, knee, and ankles, and helps determine possible treatments. Also used as an aid prior to an MRI study to enhance the area of interest.

Myelogram: examines the movement of contrast material in the space around the spinal cord, and allows physicians to evaluate the movement of the spinal cord, nerves, and intervertebral disks.

Contact Us

Before you call to schedule an appointment, your doctor’s office should fax your order for diagnostic tests to 815.748.8935. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings and Saturdays. For information or to schedule an appointment, including mammography, call:

Kishwaukee Hospital -
Valley West Hospital -

To request copies of your images and reports, please call the individual hospital Medical Records Department

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