General Diagnostics FAQs

Do I need a physician’s order to get an x-ray?

Yes, your physician must order your x-ray. If you were given a written order (script) for your test, you must bring it with you or your exam may be delayed.


Where can I get my x-ray taken?

You may get your x-ray taken at The Washington Hospital or one of our four satellite facilities. If you have your x-ray taken at the hospital, remember to stop at Registration/Admitting on the second floor, just inside the main lobby, prior to going to the x-ray department.


Are there any long-term effects of radiation from a diagnostic test?

It is impossible to calculate the long-term effects from low doses of radiation that is used in testing. It is estimated that the chances of contracting cancer as a result of an x-ray of the chest, for example, are similar to the risks of contracting cancer by inhaling the smoke of one cigarette  - about one in a million.


What are the hours of operation?

The hours of operation vary according to the facility.


Washington Health System Radiology

(724) 223-3317

M-F 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sat-Sun 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Outpatient Center - Cecil

(724) 579-1423   

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lab
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Xray

Outpatient Center - Greene County

(724) 852-7559

M,W, F 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Outpatient Center - Neighbor Health

(724) 223-3750

M-F 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Medical Plaza - Peters Township

(724) 942-6460

M-F 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sat 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Do I need an appointment?

You do not need an appointment for a regular x-ray, such as a chest x-ray. You only need an appointment for specialized exams, such as an IVP, Upper GI, or Barium Enema.


How long will my x-ray take?

The amount of time it takes to complete your x-ray will depend on the number of exams your physician orders. It could be as quick as 10 minutes for a single chest x-ray or longer for multiple exams. The amount of time that you are in the x-ray department will also depend on whether there are other patients ahead of you waiting for their x-ray to be taken.


Will I need to put on a patient gown?

Depending on the exam, you may be asked to put on a patient gown. Zippers, buttons, snaps, etc. will be visible on x-rays, so they must be removed. The technologist may also ask you to remove jewelry, hair clips or dentures if they will interfere with the area of interest.


How do I get the results?

A Radiologist will review the images and a signed report will be sent to the requesting physician within a few days. Urgent results will be called immediately to your doctor.


Can I have a copy of my x-rays?

X-rays at TWH are no longer taken with film, but are instead computerized. Only a physician can request a copy of your images. In this case, your images are burned onto a CD for your doctor to review.


How do I obtain a CD of my images?

You can contact the Radiology Department at (724) 223-3300. The Radiology Department prefers 24 hour advance notice prior to picking up your CD, although they understand this is not always possible and are always willing to meet your needs as quickly as possible.


You may be required to show identification upon pick-up. If someone other than yourself is picking up your CD, you must send a signed letter giving them permission to do so.