Diagnostic X-Ray

Radiography, known by most people as x-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Diagnostic x-rays are created by passing a small, highly controlled amount of radiation through the human body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a photographic plate.

The most common uses of bone x-rays help physicians identify fractures, treatment of fractures, and to follow the healing process. X-rays are also used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, and they play an important role in the detection and diagnosis of cancer.

No special preparation is required for most bone radiographs, however, you may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You also will be asked to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, or other metal objects that could obscure the images. It is very important that women inform their doctor and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility they could be pregnant.

Approximately half of all x-rays obtained in hospitals and other medical institutions are chest x-rays. A chest x-ray is usually performed for the evaluation of lungs, heart, and chest wall. Pneumonia, heart failure, emphysema, lung cancer, and other medical conditions can also be diagnosed or ruled-out using a chest x-ray. 

Abdominal x-rays are used to evaluate a variety of patient symptoms, such as abdominal pain, flank pain, and diarrhea. While these procedures require no special preparation, you will need to remove necklaces, body jewelry, and bras. You may also be required to put on a hospital gown and pants. It is very important women inform their doctor and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility they could be pregnant.

Eastern Maine Medical Center's team is made up of approximately 40 certified radiographers, who all hold degrees from accredited schools of radiology. Each radiographer is trained in a variety of areas and able to work in diverse locations within the hospital, such as fluoroscopy, mobile radiography, mobile fluoroscopy in the operating room, the Emergency Department, orthopedic services, and general radiography in the main Imaging Department.

It is our goal to provide our patients and their families with the best care possible using the latest technology available. At EMMC we use a computerized radiography system and picture archiving communication system (PACS) to provide advanced digital images. Your exams are read by board-certified radiologists and results are sent to your provider within three to five business days.

Our staff is available 24 hours a day to provide care and answer any questions you may have. X-rays can be performed at the EMMC Imaging Center, located at the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street in Bangor, at our main campus on State Street in Bangor,  or  at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center on Whiting Hill Road in Brewer. Your physician will work with us to schedule your x-ray.