X-Ray machine

Zwanger-Pesiri offers digital X-ray technology at all of our locations. Our extremely flexible units offer the most comfortable exams with the least amount of radiation. Virtually all of the views can be done upright, which is more comfortable for patients. Our X-ray tables can hold up to 495 lbs.

ZP participates in Image Wisely™, a campaign that encourages smart medical imaging. We pledge to eliminate unnecessary scans and to lower radiation doses by using state-of-the-art equipment for every study at every location.

X-rays can either be scheduled or performed on a walk-in basis.

During an X-ray, beams are produced by a special X-ray tube which is like a supercharged light bulb. The beams are sent through the body to highly specialized digital sensor plates. These plates are similar to those in a digital camera but are much larger. Different parts of the body absorb the X-rays in varying degrees. Dense materials like bones appear white on an X-ray, while soft tissue such as fat and muscle are varying shades of gray. Lungs are mostly filled with air and appear almost black.

A computer then processes and records the images taken without any film being utilized. These electronically stored images are easily accessible and can be compared to other X-ray studies as needed.

Woman technician at computer looking at scans

Our technologist will position your body based on the type of X-ray being performed. Depending on the exam, you will be asked to stand, sit, or lie down on the X-ray table. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvis or breasts to protect you from radiation. The part of your body being evaluated will be exposed to radiation for a fraction of a second to create the image. Our radiologic technologists are trained to use the least amount of radiation possible to produce an accurate image that will help with diagnosis. In addition, our modern X-ray systems have tightly controlled X-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize radiation. This keeps patient exposure to radiation at a minimum.

There are no preparations for X-ray.

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Chest X-ray

Chest X-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the chest. It is used to evaluate the lungs, heart, and chest wall and may be used to help diagnose shortness of breath, persistent cough, fever, chest pain, or injury. It also may be used to help diagnose and monitor treatment for a variety of lung conditions such as pneumonia, emphysema, and cancer. Because chest X-ray is fast and easy, it is particularly useful in emergency diagnosis and treatment.

Cartoon image of man being x-ray


Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures--similar to an X-ray "movie." A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a TV-like monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Fluoroscopy may be performed to evaluate specific areas of the body, including the bones, muscles, and joints, as well as solid organs, such as the heart, lung, or kidneys. It is also often used to guide needle placement for procedures such as an arthrogram.

Image of someone having a fluoroscopy performed on them

Orthopedic X-Ray

X-ray has become an integral part of imaging bones throughout the body. X-ray uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation, and is commonly used to diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation. Bone X-rays are the fastest and easiest way for your doctor to view and assess bone fractures, injuries, and joint abnormalities.

Image of x-ray scan on hand