OSF Saint Luke Medical Center

Imaging Services

Learn what to expect and how to prepare for a x-ray at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center.

Has your doctor ordered an X-Ray for you? As an OSF Saint Luke patient, you have the best of both worlds: a fully digital radiology department, (with state-of-the-art equipment) and comfortable, quality care right here at home.

Our computerized radiography and digital radiography require no film. This means your technologist can take your X-rays and transmit them directly by computer to the radiologist. Your provider can also see your images on his or her office computer.

Specialized exams are also done here, using fluoroscopy and a type of "contrast." If you need any other specialty radiology exams, instructions will be provided at the time of scheduling.

Time and location

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the time that your test is scheduled.
  • Check in at the registration desk located in the front lobby of the hospital.
  • After check-in and registration, the X-ray technologists will meet you in the waiting area.
  • If your X-ray is one that does not need to be scheduled, you may come when it is convenient for you.
  • Please keep in mind that we do have a smaller staff after hours and on weekends. Depending on the Emergency Department volume, you might have a slight wait time.
  • After hours and on weekends, please register through the Emergency Department, even though you will not be an ED patient.

What to bring

If you have had a scan (X-ray, CT scan, MRI) completed at another OSF HealthCare facility, our staff can access those files via your electronic medical record. If your scan was performed at a facility outside of OSF, please bring copies of the films or a CD of the files with you the day of your test. You may also request that your doctor's office send the films or results to us before your test.

What not to bring

Please remove all jewelry and/or piercing prior to your test. All metal objects outside your body in the area of interest must be removed before completing the x-ray. The technologist performing your exam will give you further instructions.

Pregnancy testing

Because we wish to avoid potential harm to an unborn baby as a result of the radiation or medication, it is our policy to conduct pregnancy tests on all menstruating female patients having a CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, angiography, or X-ray exams of the pelvic/uterine area.

The test should be ordered by your physician. Home pregnancy tests are not acceptable.

If you know that you are pregnant, please notify your physician.

Test results

  • Your test will be read by a radiologist, a doctor specializing in medical imaging.
  • Most results are available to your provider within 24 hours, but it may take further time for him or her to review your results.
  • You will need to make arrangements with your ordering provider on how to receive your test results (such as follow-up doctor appointment, calling the doctor's office, etc.).

Appointments and scheduling

An order is needed to make an appointment with the OSF Saint Luke X-ray department.

If you have an order for yourself, or would like to refer a patient, please call OSF Saint Luke Central Scheduling at (309) 852-7550. We can let you know if your  exam needs to be scheduled or if you can just show up at your convenient time.

Scheduled X-ray exams

Appointments for scheduled X-ray exams are offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8 a.m.-noon. Radiologists from  Central Illinois Radiology are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Contact information and hours

X-ray services are provided at OSF Saint Luke 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you have questions, please call Radiology at (309) 852-7680. Our X-ray technologists will be happy to assist you.