By Ronald Eisenberg JD MD FACR, Alexander Margulis MD
Scientific imaging now performs a tremendous position in prognosis, selection of treatment, and follow-up. notwithstanding, sufferers are usually intimidated by means of the a number of imaging modalities to be had, the indicators for his or her use, the enforcing apparatus, what the examinations are like and the way lengthy they final, and the benefits and downsides of assorted strategies. This publication is designed to supply motives for those and different concerns in an effort to relieve the various anxiousness on the topic of scientific imaging reports.
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Restraints or other mobilization devices may be necessary to keep infants and very young children still. This is important, since any sudden movements could blur the image and make it necessary to take a repeat ﬁlm (with added radiation exposure). What Will You Feel? You will not feel anything when the x-ray image is taken. In most cases, the only discomfort you will experience relates to the hardness of the x-ray table. X-ray rooms tend to be kept cool to protect the equipment from overheating, but you will be given a sheet or blanket if requested.
For an enteroclysis examination, your throat will be sprayed with a local anesthetic. After asking whether it is easier for you to breathe through one nostril, the technologist will lubricate it with a small amount of Xylocaine jelly or a similar product. Then the radiologist will insert a small-diameter rubber tube through your nose. You may either be sitting or lying down for the initial placement of the catheter, depending on your comfort and the preference of the radiologist. The radiologist will then push the tube through the stomach and into your small intestine, frequently checking its position under the ﬂuoroscope.
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