General X-Ray

X-Rays at RCI

What is an X-ray?

X-rays, or radiographs, are painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. They are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Radiography involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to take pictures of inside the body. X-rays and radiation, like light or radio waves, pass through most objects, including the body. Once carefully aimed at the body part being examined, an X-ray machine passes a small burst of radiation through the body, recording an image digitally.

Different parts of the body absorb X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more X-rays to pass through. As a result, bones appear white on the X-ray, soft tissue in shades of gray and air appears black.

X-ray exams at RCI:

  • Head/Neck
  • Chest
  • Spine (including scoliosis)
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Extremities

How do I make an appointment for an X-ray?

When you need an X-ray, choose RCI. No appointment is necessary—general X-ray services are available on a walk-in basis at the RCI Imaging Center. Please have your physician’s order with you.

How should I prepare for my X-ray?

There is no preparation for an X-ray, although you may be asked to change into a gown or shorts to eliminate interference from your clothing.

What can I expect?

Generally, 2 or 3 X-rays will be taken depending on the body part. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the very short exposure time. If necessary, you may be instructed to hold your breath to prevent motion on the images.

After your X-ray

You can leave immediately after your X-ray and return to normal activities. Your RCI radiologist will review your X-rays and send your physician the results. Your doctor will discuss the results with you. Please allow your physician time to review your results. Urgent findings will be called to your physician.

For more information on this and other radiology procedures, visit
RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Contact RCI

RCI Imaging Center
1948 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday,
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 319-364-0121
Toll Free: 800-747-0121
Fax: 319-364-5684

For billing and
insurance questions:

RCI Business Services
1956 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Hours: Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone: 319-832-1735
Toll Free: 800-747-9729
Fax: 319-832-1747

mailing address:

Radiology Consultants of Iowa
PO Box 338
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406