XRA Medical Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology to perform x-ray services in Rhode Island. Find information regarding our x-ray service below, and our office locations where an x-ray can be performed.
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a health care setting, these machines send individual x-ray particles, called photons. These particles pass through the body and a computer or special film is used to record the images that are created. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the x-ray particles, and will appear white. Any type of metal or contrast (special dye used to highlight areas of the body) will also appear white. Structures containing air will be black, while muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
X-rays are used for many purposes, including determining if a bone is broken, seeing whether an internal organ is infected, and looking for cancer. The x-ray will show your doctor a two-dimensional picture of your body and is a good screening tool to evaluate for causes of many common disorders. X-ray services include diagnostic radiography, fluoroscopy, IVP, arthrograms, and barium studies.
The x-rays are produced by an electrical machine. The patient is positioned between the machine and a special screen used for obtaining the image. The patient is asked to keep as still as possible for the few seconds it takes for each image to be obtained.
Diagnostic Radiography uses simple x-rays to image anatomy, typically to assess either bone structures, heart and lungs, or the abdomen. It requires a momentary x-ray exposure, similar to a photograph, either in a lying or standing position.
Fluoroscopy uses a continuous, but smaller, exposure of x-rays allowing evaluation of moving structures, such as the diaphragm. This makes the images appear more like a movie as opposed to the single frozen image obtained from a single x-ray radiograph.
Arthrograms are typically performed prior to an MRI of a joint. It is the examination of the interior of a joint using x-rays following the injection of a contrast agent.
Barium studies are x-rays of the gastrointestinal tract after coating with barium. These studies include barium swallow, esophogram, upper GI series, small bowel series, and barium enema. All but the latter require the ingestion of a barium solution. Many of these tests require some form of preparation. Please see our Exam Preparation section for further detail.
X-ray is a walk-in service with no appointment necessary. Visit the following XRA locations for your x-ray services:
Cranston: 65 Sockanosset Cross Rd., Cranston, RI
Johnston: 1524 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI
Johnston: 1539 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI
Smithfield: 41 Sanderson Rd., Smithfield, RI
Wakefield: 481 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, RI