Digital X-Ray: Exams & Preparations
What is an X-Ray?
Radiography, usually referred to as X-ray imaging, is a fast and easy way to identify and diagnose bone injuries and disorders such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, fractures and infections. It is also used in conjunction with orthopedic surgery to ensure that a fracture or other injury has been properly aligned, and it can aid in the detection and diagnosis of abnormalities in the chest organs, including the heart and lungs (pneumonia, emphysema, and cancer). X-ray images are often recorded on film. Examples of such examinations include x-rays of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, skull and extremities. An x-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body striking an image receptor such as film. This creates a “shadow” of the area through which the radiation has passed.
What to expect when you’re having an X-Ray:
You will be asked to provide relevant medical history to the technologist such as previous and current medical conditions and the reason for your exam. You then will proceed to the dressing room and change into an examination gown if necessary. The technologist will walk you into the exam room and proceed with the X-Ray process during which you may be given simple instructions such as holding still or holding your breath. After the images are reviewed, you can change and leave the facility. The results will be forwarded to your referring physician.