X-ray machine

Other procedures performed at Park City Imaging include specialized exams such as arthrograms, hysterosalpingograms, and hysterosonograms.


An Arthrogram is an imaging procedure that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and an injection of contrast material into a joint such as the shoulder or knee. This is then followed up with an MRI scan. The exam is performed by having the patient lie on the x-ray table and the area of interest is cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The radiologist will then inject a small amount of numbing medicine under the skin and then a needle is inserted into the joint space. Next, the radiologist injects the contrast material and sometimes air into the joint space using the fluoroscopy equipment to insure the needle is in the correct location. The needle is then removed and the appropriate x-rays and/or MRI scan is performed. After the imaging is complete you may feel some swelling and discomfort in the joint that was injected. This will usually only last for about 48 hours.


A hysterosalpingogram is an imaging procedure that uses a special form of x-ray called fluoroscopy and contrast material to obtain images of a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes. This procedure is primarily used to evaluate the openness of the fallopian tubes and shape and structure of the uterus in women who are having difficulty becoming pregnant. The examination is performed by having the patient lie on the x-ray table with their knees bent up. The radiologist will insert a speculum, clean the cervix, and place a catheter in the cervix. The speculum is then removed and the contrast material is injected through the catheter. Next, the radiologist will obtain images of the uterine cavity and the fallopian tubes using the fluoroscopic equipment. After the images have been checked by the radiologist for completeness, the examination is done. The only sensations the patient will experience are some mild discomfort, perhaps some minor lower abdominal pain, or vaginal spotting. These will be minimal and should not last very long.


Hysterosonography is a specialized imaging procedure that involves using ultrasound along with sterile saline as contrast to obtain images of the inside of a woman’s uterus. The primary use of this examination is to evaluate potential causes of vaginal bleeding such as polyps or fibroids. The examination is performed by having the patient lie flat on the table with their knees bent up. The pelvic area is then prepared by a radiologist in a similar fashion as a hysterosalpingogram (see above) and ultrasonic images are obtained after injection of sterile saline through a catheter. After the radiologist has checked the images for completeness, the exam is done. As with most ultrasound exams, a hysterosonogram is a simple and quick procedure. The only sensations may be some mild cramping when the saline is injected.