X-RayAt the Clinical Neurosciences Center, our multidisciplinary team of care providers utilize CT (computed tomography) scans to assist them in diagnosing tumors, investigate internal bleeding, or check for other internal injuries or damage to the brain and spine. As a patient, take comfort knowing that our neuroradiologists, in particular the physicians interpreting your scans, are world renowned and the pioneers of their field.

University of Utah Health Care has also molded a strong relationship with Siemens, the leader in health care information technology solutions, to enable us to stay abreast the rapid changing technologies and assure you an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

X-Rays

What are X-rays?

X-rays use invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film or digital media. Standard X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.

X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes. X-rays pass through body structures onto specially-treated plates (similar to camera film) or digital media and a "negative" type picture is made (the more solid a structure is, the whiter it appears on the film).

When the body undergoes X-rays, different parts of the body allow varying amounts of the X-ray beams to pass through. The soft tissues in the body (such as blood, skin, fat, and muscle) allow most of the X-ray to pass through and appear dark gray on the film or digital media.  A bone or a tumor, which is more dense than soft tissue, allows few of the X-rays to pass through and appears white on the X-ray. When a break in a bone has occurred, the X-ray beam passes through the broken area and appears as a dark line in the white bone.

X-ray technology is used in other types of diagnostic procedures, such as arteriograms, computed tomography (CT) scans, and fluoroscopy.

Radiation during pregnancy may lead to birth defects. Always tell your radiologist or doctor if you suspect you may be pregnant.

How are X-rays performed?

X-rays can be performed on an outpatient basis, or as part of inpatient care.

Although each facility may have specific protocols in place, generally, an X-ray procedure follows this process:

  1. The patient will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry which might interfere with the exposure of the body area to be examined. The patient will be given a gown to wear if clothing must be removed.

  2. The patient is positioned on an X-ray table that carefully positions the part of the body that is to be X-rayed--between the X-ray machine and a cassette containing the X-ray film or specialized image plate. Some examinations may be performed with the patient in a sitting or standing position.

  3. Body parts not being imaged may be covered with a lead apron (shield) to avoid exposure to the X-rays.

  4. The X-ray beam will be aimed at the area to be imaged.

  5. The patient must be very still or the image will be blurred.

  6. The technologist will step behind a protective window and the image is taken.

  7. Depending on the body part under study, various X-rays may be taken at different angles, such as the front and side view during a chest X-ray.

Jeffrey S. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey S. Anderson, MD, PhD directs the fMRI Neurosurgical Mapping Service and is Principal Investigator for the Utah Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory. Dr. Anderson’s lab studies brain networks using functional imaging techniques such as fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, and magnetoencephalography. Dr. Anderson... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7553

H. Christian Davidson, M.D., M.S., B.A.

Dr. Davidson is a Utah native and long-time faculty at the University of Utah. After completing subspecialty training in Neuroradiology and Informatics at Utah and Stanford, Dr. Davidson spent his first 4 faculty years as Chief of Imaging at the Salk Lake City Veterans Hospital. Subsequently, he spent 5 years... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7840

Specialties:

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Radiology, Interventional Radiology

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H. Ric Harnsberger, M.D.

H. Ric Harnsberger, MD is Professor of Radiology and R.C. Willey Chair of Neuroradiology at the University of Utah. He is an internationally recognized expert in head and neck imaging, having published over 250 articles and eight books in this area. Dr. Harnsberger is also Chair and CEO of AMIRSYS, Inc., a medic... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-4624

Eugene J. Huo, M.D.

Eugene Huo, MD is an assistant professor in the Division of Interventional Radiology. Dr. Huo is an expert in uterine fibroid and post-partum embolization as well as develop an expertise in multiple treatment modalities for solid malignancy, including cryoablation, RFA and directed intra-arterial chemotherapy. ... Read More

Specialties:

Radiology, Computed Tomography - CT, Interventional Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-2967

Specialties:

Neuroradiology, Radiology

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Ryan G. O'Hara, M.D.

Dr. O’Hara completed his medical training at the University of Washington in Seattle followed by training in diagnostic radiology at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. He then travelled to Philadelphia to pursue fellowship training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University ... Read More

Specialties:

Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, Interventional Radiology, Kidney Cancer, Liver Biopsies, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Lung Cancer

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8170

Anne G. Osborn, M.D.

Anne G. Osborn, MD is Distinguished Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah. She is recognized internationally for helping establish the field of neuroradiology, which deals with the head, neck, spine, and the central and peripheral nervous system. Dr. Osborn is also the author of numerous medical books... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7840

Edward P. Quigley, M.D., Ph.D.

Edward P. Quigley III, MD, PhD centers his research on improving detection, characterization, and the treatment of neurologic and neurosurgical diseases through advanced imaging.
Disease processes studied by Dr. Quigley include multiple sclerosis, stroke, neoplasm... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, Ultrasound, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7840

Ulrich A. Rassner, M.D.

Ulrich A. Rassner, MD is Medical Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography at the University of Utah. Dr. Rassner also has specific research and clinical interest in MRI physics and MRI safety.... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7840

Karen L. Salzman, M.D.

Dr. Salzman is a Professor of Radiology; Director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program and Chief of Neuroradiology. She has written over 40 peer reviewed journal articles and has been a major contributor to the PocketRadiologist™ series; Diagnostic Imaging: Head & Neck; Diagnostic Imaging: Brain; Diagno... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neuroradiology, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-7840

Lubdha M. Shah, M.D.

Lubdha M. Shah, MD is the director of spine imaging. Dr. Shah’s clinical and research interests include functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, MR perfusion imaging and MR spectroscopy in brain and spinal tumors as well as degenerative disease. She performs a variety of neurointerventional spinal procedures s... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neurointerventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Radiology, Radiology/Interventional, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8699

Edwin A. Stevens, M.D.

Edwin A. "Steve" Stevens, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Stevens is an interventional neuroradiologist who treats neurological diseases by endovascular and minimally invasive techniques guided by imaging. Dr. Stevens has given over 50 presentations, publis... Read More

Specialties:

Computed Tomography - CT, Interventional Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Neurointerventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Radiology, Radiology/Interventional, Stroke, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8170

Phil Taussky, M.D.

Phil Taussky, MD was born in Basel, Switzerland where he earned his MD degree at the University of Basel. During his residency at the Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland, he was also one of the team physicians for the Swiss National ice-hockey team. After his residency he completed a skull base/cerebrovascular fell... Read More

Specialties:

Brain Tumors, Cerebral Aneurysms, Hydrocephalus, Neurointerventional Radiology, Neurosurgery, Neurovascular Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Stroke, Trauma - Neuro Critical Care, Traumatic Brain Injury, Vascular Malformations

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 581-6908

Richard H. Wiggins, III, M.D.

Richard H. Wiggins III, MD, CIIP is Director of Imaging Informatics and is Medical Administrator for the Picture Archiving Communication System at the University of Utah. In 2008, the Department of Radiology awarded Dr. Wiggins with the Teacher of the Year Award.... Read More

Specialties:

Biomedical Informatics, Computed Tomography - CT, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI, Medical Informatics, Neurointerventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Radiology, X-Ray

Locations:

University Hospital (801) 581-8170

Michael J. Wilder, M.D.

Michael Wilder, MD is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Radiology and Neurology. His practice focuses on the acute treatment of stroke and other disorders involving blood vessels of the head, neck, and spine using endovascular, minimally invasive, imaging-guided techniques. Dr. Wilder participates in ... Read More

Specialties:

Neurology, Interventional Radiology, Stroke

Locations:

Clinical Neurosciences Center (801) 585-1688

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