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Click on the links below to learn more about some of the diagnostic radiology procedures performed at Hartford Hospital.
General Preparations
Patients are asked to remove jewelry and metal objects that might obscure anatomic detail on the images. Holding one’s breath is necessary for some examinations. Most images are performed in two or more views such as front (AP), back (PA) and side (lateral).
 
Patients should expect to be placed in various positions and to hold still. Patient motion, positioning and body mass may affect the quality and usefulness of general diagnostic imaging. If test results do not correlate with clinical findings or if symptoms persist despite a negative imaging result, examination with other imaging techniques may be recommended.
 
Further preparations are detailed on the procedure pages linked above.