Specialized X-Rays to Meet a Wide Range of Needs

Geisinger Holy Spirit offers a multitude of x-ray imaging techniques, because there’s much that escapes the human eye.

What Are X-Rays?

Most people think of x-rays as pictures of the body, but they are actually a type of radiation that is used in forming the pictures. An x-ray machine sends individual x-ray particles through the body, which are recorded on film or on a computer.

Types of X-Rays at Geisinger Holy Spirit

X-rays are used in many procedures and sometimes are called by different names. Here are just a few of the types offered at Geisinger Holy Spirit:

  • Bone X-Ray — Usually used to assess a broken bone or fracture, a bone x-ray also has other uses, such as measuring leg length or checking for scoliosis.
  • Arthrography — A live picture of a joint using fluoroscopy.
  • Bone Density Scan — X-ray that checks the mass or density of a bone and is used to diagnose osteoporosis.
  • Chest X-Ray — Creates images of the heart, lungs, blood vessels and the bones of the spine and chest. Can be used to diagnose a number of conditions, such as heart disease and lung cancer.
  • Coronary Angiography — A test that uses dye and special x-rays to show the inside of your coronary arteries.
  • CT Scan — A Computed Tomography scan (also called a CAT scan) that uses computer-controlled x-rays to create 3D images of the body.
  • Cystogram — X-ray of the bladder.
  • Digital X-Ray — Collects data on a computer instead of on a piece of film.
  • Fluoroscopic X-Ray — A live picture that shows what is going on inside your body in real time. This x-ray often requires the patient to make special preparations, such as ingesting the chemical element, barium. Barium coats the inside lining of organs such as the small and large intestine and makes signs of disease more visible.
  • Lower GI Series — Uses fluoroscopic x-rays to diagnose problems in the large intestine.
  • Mammography — X-ray recorded on computer or film to look for tumors or cancer areas in the breasts.
  • Myelography — An x-ray of the spinal column that checks for herniated disks, swelling of the spinal cord and/or spinal tumors.
  • Tomosynthesis — A 3D picture created from multiple x-rays of the same area, taken from different angles.
  • Upper GI Series — Uses fluoroscopic x-rays to diagnose problems in the esophagus, stomach and small intestine.
  • Virtual Colonoscopy — Uses x-rays and computers to produce 2D and 3D images to diagnose colon and bowel diseases.

X-Ray Safety

You should not have an x-ray if you are pregnant, may be pregnant or have an IUD inserted. Please tell your health care provider if you have any of these conditions.

X-rays are given at Geisinger Holy Spirit and our 10 convenient Outpatient Imaging locations. Find an Imaging Center near you.

Convenient Locations and Hours

For an appointment, call 717-972-4900.


Holy Spirit Camp Hill Center, 875 Poplar Church Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

Holy Spirit Women’s Imaging Center, 875 Poplar Church Road, Suite 100 Lower Level
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.

The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st Street
(MRI and Nuclear Cardiology are located on the ground floor – at the 21st Street entrance)
Hours: (MRI available) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.


Holy Spirit Carlisle Center, 1211 Forge Road
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; General x-ray only is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Holy Spirit Dillsburg Center, 126 W. Church Street
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Beginning May 30, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)


Holy Spirit Duncannon Center, 51 Business Campus Way
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Holy Spirit Progress Center, 20 Capital Drive
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holy Spirit Colonial Park Center, 4230 Crums Mill Road
Hours: Monday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Holy Spirit Mechanicsburg Center, 4665 Trindle Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Holy Spirit Silver Creek Center, 335 Lambs Gap Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.