An x-ray (radiograph) is created by sending a small amount of x-rays (electromagnetic waves) through the body. Different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation and will show up on the diagnostic image as either white (bones, which absorb the most), grey (soft tissues and fat) or black areas (air).
Doctors commonly use x-rays to check for and treat:
- Bone fractures
- Spine, and joints abnormalities
- Lung conditions (such as pneumonia)
- Surgical hardware placement
How should I prepare for an x-ray?
There is no special preparation required for most bone x-rays. You will need to remove all metal objects, jewelry, and eyeglasses during the exam and may be asked to change into a gown. If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, please inform the technologist.
What happens during this procedure?
An x-ray examination is a painless procedure that usually takes five minutes to half an hour. During this time, the technologist may position you in different poses or give you specific breathing instructions depending upon the body part being examined.
Because an x-ray is taken on a hard surface, you may experience some discomfort lying on the table. Additionally, in order to get a particular angle on an injured area, you may be asked to hold an uncomfortable position for a short time, you
What happens after the examination?
After your examination your images will be stored in our Infinitt PACS system. The radiologists will review and interpret your study, and send the report to your physicians’ office. Your findings will be reported to your physician the same day of your examination. Should there be any findings requiring immediate treatment, our radiologists will call your physician in person to make them aware of your condition.
We do not provide test results to you until after the report has been sent your physicians’ office.