Ascension Providence offers a range of diagnostic X-rays and imaging tests to aid with proper diagnosis and treatment:
- Shoulder Arthrogram: A shoulder arthrogram is used to examine the bone and soft tissue in the shoulder joint, typically to help diagnose common shoulder issues like a rotator cuff injury. Sometimes a shoulder arthrogram is combined with an MRI.
- Intravenous Pyelogram: An intravenous pyelogram uses an injection of iodinated contrast material to examine the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladder.
- Upper GI Series: An X-ray of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract is known as an upper GI series, and includes examination of the esophagus, stomach and first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Soft tissue is made visible with the help of contrast liquid.
- Barium Enema: Sometimes called a lower GI, a barium enema fills the colon (lower large intestine) with a barium contrast liquid.
- Lumbar Puncture: During a lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, samples of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) are collected from the low back for examination.
- Myelogram: A myelogram uses contrast dye to diagnose problems in the spinal canal, including issues related to the spinal cord, nerve roots and other soft tissues.
- Hysterosalpingogram: The uterus and fallopian tubes are examined during a hysterosalpingography (HSG) with the help of contrast liquid. An HSG is also known as uterosalpingography.
- Voiding Stress Cystogram: A cystogram uses contrast liquid to evaluate the urinary bladder, including looking for tumors or polyps as well as for help diagnosing prolapse.