X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves that create pictures of the inside of the body. They can help healthcare providers determine if a bone is fractured or broken. Chest X-rays can also determine if a patient has pneumonia, and mammograms are a type of an X-ray used to look for breast cancer.
Grand View Health has four outpatient centers conveniently located in Harleysville, Pennsburg, Quakertown and Sellersville. Each outpatient center offers a variety of primary care and specialty physician practices (i.e., OB-GYN, cardiology), as well as X-rays, lab services and more, all in one convenient location. Our list of outpatient centers provides the services and hours available, which vary by location. Each location has its own central registration desk, which is where patients should report to prior to having a test.
If your healthcare provider determines that an X-ray is required, be prepared to ask questions, such as what information the X-ray will provide, the benefits of doing the X-ray, and the next steps to consider if the X-ray indicates a problem.
Depending on which area of the body is being X-rayed, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown. X-rays emit a small amount of radiation, so you may also be asked to wear a lead apron to protect certain parts of your body, and to remove anything metallic, such as jewelry or eyeglasses.
Walk-ins are welcome, No appointment is necessary for general X-rays. Appointments, however, are required for diagnostic imaging services, such as CAT scans, MRIs, mammography’s, nuclear medicine, PET/CT scans, ultrasounds, radiology or bone density (DEXA) scans.
Your doctor will discuss your test results with you. Results are also accessible via mygvh.org, our patient portal.