X-ray is a type of high-energy radiation. In low doses, X-rays are used to diagnose diseases by making pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray technology was invented completely by accident, but it has allowed us to see inside the human body since 1895.
SJMHS uses new state-of-the-art X-ray technology known as digital radiography, which allows technologists to use the lowest dose of radiation while still obtaining high quality images. digital radiography uses a minimum of 30% less radiation than conventional film. In addition, digital radiography allows the technologist to review your images within seconds, reducing wait time in the department. After your study is complete, your images are stored digitally in our PACS system, along with a copy of your report.
SJMHS performs adult and pediatric general diagnostic imaging at all of our locations. In addition to standard imaging, SJMHS performs more complex imaging procedures with the use of fluoroscopy.
The X-ray technologists (radiographers) are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The technologists work closely with our board-certified radiologists to provide comprehensive, high quality diagnostic imaging and interpretation.
We offer extended evening and weekend hours for walk-in exams at certain locations. Hours of availability vary by location.
Patients receive compassionate care and our team does everything possible to decrease anxiety by explaining procedures thoroughly, addressing concerns, answering questions and making you as comfortable as we possibly can.
General Diagnostic X-ray procedures include:
- Spinal column (including scoliosis studies at select locations)
- Upper and lower extremeties
If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call 734-712-0279 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to be connected with specialized staff that can answer your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an order from my physician for an X-ray?
A signed physician order from your physician is required for all procedures. If you arrive for your walk-in or scheduled exam without an order, we will make every attempt to contact your physician to obtain another copy. Procedures may be delayed or re-scheduled if we are unable to contact your physician.
Do I have to change clothes for my procedure and why?
Patients may be asked to remove clothing and wear a hospital gown. Patients will also be asked to remove any metal objects (e.g. jewelry) that might interfere with image quality. We primarily utilize digital imaging technology that allows us to obtain the images possible with the most detail. We ask you to remove clothing because this technology is extremely sensitive and will show artifacts from clothing such as waistbands, rolled up pant legs, buttons, appliqués, etc.
What locations offer scoliosis studies?
- St. Joseph Mercy Imaging Center
- St. Joseph Mercy Brighton
- St. Joseph Mercy Livingston
- St. Joseph Mercy Saline.
If you arrive at a location that cannot perform a scoliosis study, you will be directed to the nearest location that performs these procedures.
Can I still have X-rays if I am pregnant?
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you must inform the technologist prior to your procedure. Depending on the area of the body to be imaged, you may be referred back to your ordering physician prior to your procedure.