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X-ray is a type of high-energy radiation. In low doses, X-rays are used to diagnose diseases by making pictures of the inside of the body. X-ray technology was invented completely by accident, but it has allowed us to see inside the human body since 1895.

SJMHS uses new state-of-the-art X-ray technology known as digital radiography, which allows technologists to use the lowest dose of radiation while still obtaining high quality images. Digital radiography uses a minimum of 30% less radiation than conventional film. In addition, digital radiography allows the technologist to review your images within seconds, reducing wait time in the department. After your study is complete, your images are stored digitally in our virtual online imaging library or PACS system, along with a copy of your report.

SJMHS performs adult and pediatric general diagnostic imaging at all of our locations.   In addition to standard imaging, SJMHS performs more complex imaging procedures with the use of fluoroscopy.

SJMHS X-ray technologists (radiographers) are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The technologists work closely with our board-certified radiologists to provide comprehensive, high quality diagnostic imaging and interpretation.  
We offer extended evening and weekend hours for walk-in exams at certain locations. Hours of availability vary by location.

We pride ourselves on our patients receiving compassionate care; our team does everything possible to decrease anxiety by explaining procedures thoroughly, address your concerns, answer questions and make you as comfortable as possible throughout your exam.

General Diagnostic X-ray procedures include:

If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call 734-712-0279 between 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. to be connected with specialized staff that can answer your questions.

Billing questions

Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Huron Valley Radiology, PC, 866-744-1452
Monday - Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Request a price estimate

To request an estimate call 734-712-1500 or fill our web form.


Frequently Asked Questions


Patient Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an order from my physician for an X-ray?
A signed physician order from your physician is required for all procedures. If you arrive for your walk-in or scheduled exam without an order, we will make every attempt to contact your physician to obtain another copy.  Procedures may be delayed or re-scheduled if we are unable to contact your physician.

Do I have to change clothes for my procedure and why?
In most cases, you will be asked to remove clothing and wear a hospital gown. We utilize digital imaging technology allowing us to obtain very detailed images. Due to the highly sensitive nature of digital imaging, we may ask you to remove clothing to eliminate artifacts caused from items such as waistbands, pant legs, buttons, appliques, etc.  You will be asked to remove any metal objects (i.e. jewelry) that might interfere with image quality.

What locations offer scoliosis studies? 

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Imaging Center
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Reichert
  • St. Joseph Mercy Brighton
  • St. Joseph Mercy Livingston
  • St. Joseph Mercy Saline

If you arrive at a location that cannot perform a scoliosis study, you will be directed to the nearest location that performs these procedures.

Can I still have X-rays if I am pregnant?
Females will be asked by the Radiologic Technologists if there is any chance of pregnancy.  If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, we advise that you consult with the ordering physician before your procedure.   Depending on the area of the body to be imaged, you may be referred back to your ordering physician before proceeding with imaging.

When will I receive my report?
A radiologist will interpret the images and a report will sent to the physician who ordered your procedure. Please follow up with your physician’s office on when and how you will receive the results of your PET/CT procedure.

You may also gain access to your results utilizing the SJMHS Patient Portal (must be previously registered to utilize).   Reports are typically available on the Patient Portal 5 days post exam.

How do I obtain a copy of my report or images?

To obtain a copy of your report or images, please contact the Imaging Results Center (IRC) at 734-712-RADS (7237) or fill out an online request for imaging results.  Note:  The IRC requires 24 business hours notice to fulfill your request.  You will be able to pick up your material at the location you specified and will be required to present a photo ID and sign a release at the time of pickup. 

How can I find out the cost of a SJMHS imaging procedure?
Please refer to the general FAQ’s for information on how to obtain price estimates for mammography procedures.  Patient’s may call the SJMHS estimate line at 734-712-7392 (option 3 for facility estimates)

SJMHS also offers financial assistance program through the financial counseling department is reachable at 734-712-2009.

Who can I call if I have billing questions?
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

If you have questions about your bill from:

  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, call 734-712-3700 or toll-free 800-676-0431 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Huron Valley Radiology, PC, call toll-free 866-744-1452 Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.