X-Ray Specialists

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California

Radiology and Medical Imaging located in Santa Monica, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

As a diagnostic tool, the X-ray is often the first doctors use to get a quick look at what’s happening inside your body. At Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, under the expert guidance of Dr. Bradley Jabour, the team of radiologists offers a full array of X-ray services to patients. Call the Santa Monica or Beverly Hills, California, location for more information.

X-Ray Q & A

What are X-rays?

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California offers a variety of X-ray imaging to evaluate the anatomy of the body using electromagnetic radiation. X-rays can be helpful in evaluating fractures or breaks in the bones and they’re often the first diagnostic tool doctors turn to when they want to get a quick look at what’s happening inside your body.

The electromagnetic waves create a picture of your body using black-and-white shading because different parts of your body absorb the radiation at different levels. Your bones are very dense, and they appear the whitest on X-rays, while soft tissue shows up in lighter shades. Any spaces where there’s just air, like your lungs, appear black on an X-ray.

X-ray technology is also used for precision and accuracy in certain procedures in a process called fluoroscopy. Using fluoroscopy, the neuroradiologist uses X-ray technology to guide injections in order to deliver a contrast, which helps them better visualize the area to check for any abnormalities.

What are X-rays used for?

The following is a list of common uses for X-ray technology.

  • Lung/chest X-rays
  • Bone X-rays
  • Spine X-rays (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Extremity X-rays
  • Upper GI/barium swallow test
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Spinal myelography (cervical and lumbar)
  • DEXA to measure the bone mineral density

What happens during an upper GI/barium swallow test?

Barium swallow tests use X-ray and orally administered contrast to dynamically visualize the function and anatomy of your esophagus with video and spot film.

A full upper GI study includes the study of the esophagus but also visualizes your stomach, duodenum, and small intestine. A CT scan with oral contrast can also be used to image the same pathology.

What is a myelogram?

A myelogram is a procedure where the neuroradiologist places a needle into your spinal canal (lumbar) and, under fluoroscopic guidance, injects contrast into your spinal canal in order to diagnose various disorders. Often, a CT scan is performed after this contrast injection to further define the pathology.

For comprehensive X-rays, call Medical Imaging Center of Southern California.