X-ray

X-ray, or radiography, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Discovered more than a century ago, x-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body that are digitally displayed on a computer screen. X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, and joint or spine injuries. At least two images from different angles are taken, and often three images are needed if the problem is around a joint such as the knee, elbow, or wrist.

X-ray involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal structures. When x-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different tissues. Ribs, for example, are dense and will block much of the radiation and, therefore, appear white or light gray on the image. Soft tissue such as the liver or lungs will appear darker because more radiation can pass through it to expose the image.

SRC provides a full range of diagnostic x-ray services with the capability to image every bone and joint in the body, as well as soft tissues and organ structures. Our technologists are all certified by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) with years of clinical experience performing diagnostic x-ray imaging.

How to prepare:

There is no special preparation required for most bone x-rays. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that could show up on the images and overlap important findings. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility they are pregnant.

Length of exam:

If your doctor is evaluating a specific area of the body, like a chest, knee, or wrist, your exam will be completed in 10-15 minutes. If additional body areas need to be evaluated , your exam could take up to 45-60 minutes to complete.

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