Radiography is used to diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to assess the presence or absence of disease, foreign objects, and structural damage or anomaly. Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal organs. When X-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different parts of the anatomy.

Ribs, for example, will absorb much of the radiation and, therefore, appear white or light gray on the image. Lung tissue absorbs little radiation and appears dark on the image.

The exposed film is either placed in a developing machine, producing images much like the negatives from a 35-mm camera, or is digitally stored on computer.

Radiography is used in many types of examinations and procedures where a record of a static image is desired, including:

  • Dental examination
  • Verification of correct placement of surgical markers prior to invasive procedures
  • Mammography
  • Orthopedic evaluations
  • Spot film or static recording during fluoroscopy
  • Chiropractic examinations

To schedule a radiology service, please call the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital Centralized Scheduling Department at (314) 577-8022.