X-ray (Radiography)

X-ray (Radiography)


X-ray or radiography uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce images of the body’s internal structures.  X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.  They are often used to help diagnosed fractured bones, look for injury or infection and to locate foreign objects in soft tissue.  Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bone.  Always inform your physician if you are pregnant, or there is a possibility you might be pregnant.  If you are pregnant, you may not be able to have the X-Ray performed.

How is the procedure performed?

You may be asked to lie down on a table, stand or sit in a chair.  Our technologist will position you properly and put a protective x-ray shield on you if applicable.  The X-ray only takes a few seconds and is painless.

Is the procedure safe?

Radiation is used to make an X-Ray image.  We use the minimum amount of radiation needed to create the image.  In almost all cases, the information and benefits obtained from an X-Ray far outweigh the very small radiation exposure.

What should I wear?

Generally you should wear comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into an exam gown or pants.

When will my physician get the results?

Your referring physician will receive the report within 48 hours.  They will receive an electronic/fax report and have access to the images also.

Please visit www.Radiologyinfo.org for more information on this procedure.