• Routine Diagnostic X-rays/Fluoroscopy

  • To schedule a Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray) at St. Catherine Hospital, call Scheduling Services at 620-272-2400.


  • xray St. Catherine Hospital St. Catherine Hospital offers a wide variety of diagnostic radiology services which range from X-rays of the bones and soft tissue to fluoroscopy of the digestive tract. Our dedicated staff are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and are licensed in the State of Kansas. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week; and walk-ins for general x-rays are always welcome.

    What is an X-Ray?
    An X-ray examination is a medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat their patients' medical condition. It is the oldest and most commonly used form of medical testing. An X-ray involves exposing the part of the body that is being examined to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. We perform a wide range of exams. We use Computed Radiography (CR) which uses a medium to capture x-ray energy and produce digital images that can be enhanced for diagnosis by our Radiologists.

    X-ray is used to diagnose various conditions of the heart, lungs, and other internal organs of the body. It is also used to diagnose fractures and abnormalities of bones. We provide routine exams for orthopedic imaging, chest, abdomen, tomography, head and neck X-rays.

    What is Fluoroscopy?
    This involves using X-rays to take "live" images of the body.

    • UGI, Esophagram : An Upper GI is live imaging of the esophagus and stomach. The patient will drink barium, which is an x-ray contrast (dye) that helps to visualize the esophagus and stomach. While the patient is drinking barium the radiologist will take live images of the stomach and esophagus. Once the radiologist has completed taking images the radiographer may need to take images while the patient is still on the exam table.
      Patient preparation : nothing to eat or drink after midnight
      Approx. length of exam : 30 minutes
    • Small Bowel Series : A small bowel study is an exam that visualizes the small intestine. The patient will drink barium, which is an x-ray contrast that helps to visualize the intestine. Images are acquired approximately every 30 minutes until the barium flows to a certain area of the intestine. Once the barium has reached this area the radiologist may take live images of the small intestine. Once the radiologist has completed taking images the radiographer may need to take images while the patient is still on the exam table.
      Patient preparation : nothing to eat or drink after midnight
      Approximate length of exam: 2-3 hours
    • Barium Enema (Lower GI Tract)
      A barium enema is live imaging of the lower intestine. An enema tip is inserted into the rectum and barium flows throughout the colon. As the barium flows into the large intestine the radiologist will take live images. Once the radiologist has completed the radiographer may need to take images while the patient is still on the exam table.
      Patient preparation : 48 hours of clear liquids diet, (clear juices, coffee, tea w/o milk, bouillon, Jell-O, water); then nothing to eat or drink after midnight
      *The evening prior to exam you will need to complete a bowl prep/ laxative, which can be picked up at the Imaging Services front desk.
      Approximate length of exam: 1 hour
    • Video Swallows/Modified Barium Swallows : A video swallow study is done for evaluation of swallowing. The patient will sit in a chair and drink barium of various consistencies under live imaging. There is no preparation for the exam but it must be scheduled with Speech Therapy.
      Patient preparation : There in no prep for this exam
      Approximate length of exam: 20-30 minutes
    • Lumbar Punctures (Diagnostic, Therapeutic & for Chemo Injections):
      A lumbar puncture is a procedure where a spinal needle is inserted into the back and spinal fluid is withdrawn. This fluid is typically sent for laboratory testing. This test can also be done to inject medication into the spinal canal. A board certified radiologist performs the procedure.
      Patient preparation : No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days; Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include Coagulation panel, to make sure you are not at risk for extended bleeding times. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.
      Approximate length of exam : 1 hour
    • Myelograms : A myelogram is a live imaging study where non-ionic contrast is injected into the spinal canal for visualization. A board certified radiologist performs the procedure and skilled nursing monitors the patient for two hours after the procedure.
      Patient preparation : No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days; Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include Coagulation panel, to make sure you are not at risk for extended bleeding times. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.
      Approximate length of exam : 1 hour in out patient nurse care pre-procedure, 1 hour procedure time, then 2 hour recovery time, for a total of approximately 4 hours
    • Arthrograms : An arthrogram is a live imaging study to examine the space of a joint. Non-ionic contrast is injected into the joint space and images are obtained.
      Patient preparation : There is no prep for this exam
      Approximate length of exam : 1 hour
    • Joint Injections/Joint Aspirations : Injections and aspirations are done to inject medication into a joint space for pain relief. An aspiration is done to withdraw fluid from the joint space to acquire laboratory results.
      Patient preparation : No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days
      Approximate length of exam : 1 hour
    • Hysterosalpingiogram (HSG) : An HSG is done to check patency of the fallopian tubes and visualize the uterus, generally in cases of infertility. The patient is placed on the x-ray table and a speculum is inserted. Non ionic contrasted is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes to check for patency.
      Patient preparation : Should be scheduled within a 10 day window from onset of menses
      Approximate length of exam : 1 hour
    • Cystogram/Voiding Cysto-Urethrogram : These exams are done to evaluate the urinary tract for possible causes of infection or difficulty urinating.
      Patient preparation : There is no patient prep for this exam; this exam does require insertion of a catheter into the bladder which will be done by a member of our nursing staff
      Approximate length of exam: 1 hour
    • Tomography
      IVP/Nephrotomograms: An IVP is a series of x-rays of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder after non ionic contrasted is administered intravenously.
      Patient preparation : Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include renal function tests, to make sure your kidneys are functioning at an adequate level. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.
      Apprxomate length of exam :1 hour
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