Hours of Service:

General Diagnostic X-Ray Procedures


24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Fluoroscopic/Contrast X–Ray Procedures
Are scheduled through the Central Scheduling Line at 777-4049.

Overview of Diagnostic Imaging:

The Diagnostic Imaging Services Department contains an multiple array of diagnostic x-ray equipment that produce both analog and digital images. Both stationary and portable equipment are utilized.

X-Ray/Imaging Procedures:

General X-Ray/Radiography:
Fluoroscopic/Contrast X-Ray Procedures:
Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) - Images the Urinary System (kidneys, ureters, and bladder).
1) Patients 70 years old and up, patients with high blood pressure or known renal disease will need a lab test to determine their creatinine level.
2) Nothing to eat 4 hours prior to exam time
3) Clear liquids up to 2 hours prior to exam time
4) Continue to take all routine medications
Barium Swallow (BA Swallow).
There is no preparation for this procedure
Upper Gastro Intestinal Tract (UGI)
1) Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
2) Continue to take all routine medications with a little water
3) No water 30 minutes before exam
Small Bowel Follow Through (SBFT)
1) Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
2) Continue to take all routine medications with a little water
3) Be prepared to be at the hospital a minimum of 2-3 hours
Barium Enema (BE) - Images the Colon or Large Intestine.
1) revised info
2) Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
3) Continue to take all routine medications with a little water
Voiding Cysto Urethrogram (VCUG) images the bladder
There is no preparation for this procedure, unless pediatric, and in that case see the ordering physician.
Myelogram (Images of Spinal Column)
1) Nothing to eat or drink after midnight
2) See ordering physician for details


The Imaging Services Department is staffed by Radiologic Technologists (RT’s) that are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and licensed by the State of Maine. Many of the RT’s are cross-trained in other modalities in addition to diagnostic radiography and are registered in those areas.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why are other people in the waiting room taken before me when I may have registered before they did?

The waiting area for the Imaging Services Department holds patients for all areas of service within the department (Diagnostic, CT scanning, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Angiography/Special Procedures, PET etc.). Some of these patients have scheduled appointments in one of these areas and are being taken in at their scheduled appointment time. In addition, Emergency Room (ER) patients must always be taken ahead of out-patients. So, it is likely that patients taken first either have a scheduled exam, or are patients from the ER that have been waiting and must receive priority.

Why do I need a Physician’s order for an X-ray or other Imaging Services exam?

The law requires a written order for ALL imaging exams. Patients should be evaluated by their physician prior to any imaging examination so that the proper body part may be imaged appropriately.

Why can’t I eat or drink anything prior to my x-ray or imaging procedure?

For general x-ray exams (i.e., chest, hands, feet, and spine..) patients may eat or drink prior to the exam. For all other imaging procedures that require patients to not eat or drink, the reason is usually because the procedure is best performed on an empty stomach. There are specific exams that may require the administration of contrast, and in these circumstances the patient needs to have an empty stomach. Please refer to the Preparation instructions for the exam.

How long does the x-ray exam or procedure take?

The amount of time depends on the imaging exam performed. Most general x-ray exams take no more than 15 minutes. The contrast related procedures take approximately 30 minutes, unless told otherwise.

How much risk is associated with having a routine x-ray exam?

The amount of radiation is extremely low and is comparable to the amount of radiation received during a roundtrip flight from New York City to Los Angeles and back.



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