Specialties

  • Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray)

  • Penrose Hospital offers a wide variety of diagnostic radiology services which range from X-rays of the bones and soft tissue to fluoroscopy of the digestive tract. Our dedicated staff are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and are licensed in the State of Colorado for Fluoroscopy.  We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week; and walk-ins for general x-rays are always welcome. We have 24-hour radiologist coverage on site for quick turnaround of diagnostic reports.


    What is an X-Ray?
    An X-ray examination is a medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat their patients' medical condition. It is the oldest and most commonly used form of medical testing. An X-ray involves exposing the part of the body that is being examined to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. We perform a wide range of exams on state-of-the-art digital radiographic equipment. We use Direct Radiography (DR) & Computed Radiography (CR). Both use a medium to capture x-ray energy and produce digital images that can be enhanced for diagnosis by our Radiologists.

    X-ray is used to diagnose various conditions of the heart, lungs, and other internal organs of the body.  It is also used to diagnose fractures and abnormalities of bones.  We provide routine exams for orthopedic imaging, chest, abdomen, tomography, head and neck X-rays.  


    What is Fluoroscopy?
    This involves using X-rays to take "live" images of the body.
    Fluoroscopy:  All exams listed below require paperwork to be filled out, so we can make sure the medications we are going to give you will not interact with your current medications or cause a complication related to your past medical history. Please click here to print and complete forms #1 and #2, and bring them with you to your appointment.

  • An Upper GI is live imaging of the esophagus and stomach. The patient will drink barium, which is an xray dye that helps to visualize the esophagus and stomach. While the patient is drinking barium the radiologist will take live images of the stomach and esophagus.

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

    Approximate length of exam: 30 minutes.

    A small bowel study is an exam that visualizes the small intestine. The patient will drink barium, which is an X-ray dye that helps to visualize the intestine. Images are acquired approximately every 30 minutes until the barium flows to a certain area of the intestine. Once the barium has reached this area the radiologist will take live images of the small intestine.

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

    Approximate length of exam: 2 - 3 hours.

    A barium enema is live imaging of the lower intestine. An enema tip is inserted into the rectum and barium flows throughout the colon. As the barium flows into the large intestine the radiologist will take live images. Once the radiologist has completed taking images the radiographer may need to take images while the patient is still on the exam table.

    DI ClockPatient preparation: 48 hours of clear liquids diet, (clear juices, coffee, tea w/o milk, bouillon, Jell-O, water); then nothing to eat or drink after midnight. *The evening prior to exam you will need to complete a bowl prep/laxative, which should be prescribed to you by your physician that is ordering this test.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour.

    A video swallow study is done for evaluation of swallowing. The patient will sit in a chair and drink barium of various consistencies under live imaging. There is no preparation for the exam but it must be scheduled with Speech Therapy. 

    DI ClockPatient preparation: There is no prep for this exam.

    Approximate length of exam: 20 - 30 minute.

    A lumbar puncture is a procedure where a spinal needle is inserted into the back and spinal fluid is withdrawn. This fluid is typically sent for laboratory testing. This test can also be done to inject medication into the spinal canal. A board certified radiologist performs the procedure and skilled nursing monitors the patient for two hours after the procedure. 

    Patient preparation: No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days; Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include Coagulation panel, to make sure you are not at risk for extended bleeding times. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.

    DI ClockApproximate length of exam: 1 hour in Radiology Care Unit (RCU), 1 hour procedure time, then 2 hour recovery time, for a total of approximately 4 hours.

    A Myelogram is a live imaging study where non-ionic contrast is injected into the spinal canal for visualization. A board certified radiologist performs the procedure and skilled nursing monitors the patient for two hours after the procedure. 

    Patient preparation: No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days; Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include Coagulation panel, to make sure you are not at risk for extended bleeding times. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.

    DI ClockApproximate length of exam: 1 hour in RCU, 1 hour procedure time, then 2 hour recovery time, for a total of approximately 4 hours.

    An arthrogram is a live imaging study to examen the space of a joint. Non-ionic contrast is injected into the joint space and images are obtained.    

    DI ClockPatient preparation: There is no prep for this exam.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour. 

    Injections and aspirations are done to inject medication into a joint space for pain relief. An aspiration is done to withdraw fluid from the joint space to acquire laboratory results.   

    DI ClockPatient preparation: No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour. 

    An HSG is done to check patency of the fallopian tubes and visualize the uterus, generally in cases of infertility.  The patient is placed on the X-ray table and a speculum is inserted. Non-ionic contrasted is injected into the uterus and fallopian tubes to check for patency.   

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Should be scheduled within a 10 day window from onset of menses.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour. 

    These exams are done to evaluate the urinary tract for possible causes of infection or difficulty urinating.

    DI ClockPatient preparation: There is no patient prep for this exam; this exam does require insertion of a catheter into the bladder which will be done by a member of our nursing staff.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour. 

    An ERCP is a fluoroscopy exam of the gall bladder and the surrounding ducts. The exam is done with the patient sedated. Live images are acquired while the gastroenterologist injects radiographic contrast for visualization of possible obstructions. Exam must be scheduled with your gastroenterologist and with the GI Lab, additional preparation instructions will be provided during scheduling. 

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to exam.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour in pre-op, 1 hour exam time, and 1-2 hours for recovery, for a total of approximately 4 hours. 

    A bronchoscopy is live imaging of the lungs and bronchi. A board certified pulmonologist performs the procedure while the patient is sedated. The exam must be scheduled with a pulmonologist by calling central scheduling.   

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight; No blood thinners or aspirin for 5 days.

    Approximate length of exam: 1 hour in RCU, 1 hour exam time, and 1-2 hours for recovery, for a total of approximately 4 hours.

    An IVP is a series of X-rays of the kidneys and uterers after non-ionic contrasted is administered intravenously.    

    DI ClockPatient preparation: Blood work should be ordered by your physician to include renal function tests, to make sure your kidneys are functioning at an adequate level. Please have the blood work completed at least 1 day prior to appointment.

    Approximate length of exam: Approximately 1 hour.

  • To schedule a Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray) at Penrose Hospital, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010.
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