Diagnostic Services


This form of diagnostic imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. This type of radiology exam is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Diagnostic imaging with x-rays involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of your body.

X-rays are commonly taken of the chest and bones. A chest x-ray is often used to evaluate the lungs, heart, and chest wall. Some conditions this can help diagnose are:

  • Pneumonia.
  • Emphysema.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Heart failure and other heart-related problems.
  • Line and tube placement.
  • Other medical conditions.

Bone x-rays are often performed to help:

  • Diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
  • Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
  • Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
  • Locate foreign objects in soft tissues in or around bones.
  • Guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.

An x-ray usually requires no special preparation.

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PCMH Radiology Department
For questions: 573-768-3295
To schedule an appointment: 573-547-4288

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