An x-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. For some types of X-ray tests, a contrast medium, such as iodine or barium, is introduced into your body to provide greater detail on the x-ray images. The x-ray Department at Jackson Memorial Hospital is fully equipped to support the Miami Dade clinical community. Digital X-rays and Fluoroscopy radiology procedures are performed on adult, pediatric and newborn patients. We support a wide variety of services including: orthopedics, GI, GU, neurology, transplant, surgery, and pediatrics. We offer same day appointments for routine x-ray imaging studies. Some of the procedures performed in the Radiology X-Ray Department include:

  • Bone X-ray
  • Chest X-ray
  • Abdomen (KUB) X-ray
  • Cystograms
  • Upper GI
  • Esophagrams
  • IVP
  • Barium Enema (BE)

Before Your X-Ray

Most X-ray exams require no preparation.

Adult Barium Enema Preparation

2 days before exam:

  • Do not drink or eat anything solid, thickened or colored red.
  • Do not drink tea, coffee, milk, or milk products, or creamers.
  • Only drink clear liquids.

Between 10am and 5pm:

  • You must drink 8 glasses of water (8oz each).
  • At 8 am drink 10 oz of Magnesium Citrate.
  • At 1 pm take 2 Biscodyl (Dulcolax) tablets

The day before the exam:

  • At 5pm drink 10 oz of Magnesium Citrate.

The morning of the exam:

  • Do not drink or eat anything.
  • You may take your medicines with small sips of water.

During Your X-Ray

  • You will first need to sign in at the registration desk.
  • The technologist will introduce themselves and review any additional information that is needed. 
  • The technologist positions your body to obtain the necessary views.
  • Before some types of x-rays you may be given a liquid contrast. You may swallow the contrast medium, receive it as an injection, or as an enema.

After Your X-Ray

  • You may return to regular activity after your x-ray.
  • The results of your x-ray will be made available to the prescribing physician.