General Radiography (X-ray)
An X-ray is an extremely quick, painless test that allows your doctor to see what is going on inside your body. Most people associate X-rays with broken bones, but there are actually many reasons doctors will order an X-ray for you at Rochelle Community Hospital. This includes:
- Bone fractures & infections
- Lung infections or conditions
- Enlarged heart
- Stomach ulcers
- Blockages in the colon
- Kidney stones
- Swallowed items
What are my risks for radiation from an X-ray?
We are exposed to radiation every day through our natural environments. Some people are hesitant to have an X-ray because they believe it will cause cell mutations that may lead to cancer. While an X-ray does expose you to small amounts of radiation, it is very minor and the benefits of the test far outweigh the risks for most people.
However, if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please tell your doctor. While the risk to an unborn baby is still very small, your doctor may recommend an alternate imaging test such as an ultrasound.
How to prepare for an X-ray
Different x-rays require different preparations, but your doctor or nurse will provide you with specific instructions. Generally you will be asked to remove your clothes on whatever part of the body is being examined. Gowns can be worn during the test.
Schedule an X-ray
You may schedule your X-ray at Rochelle Community Hospital by calling 815-562-2181, ext. 1350. We must have your doctor’s order on file before your X-ray may be scheduled.