Diagnostic Imaging Services
What Is An X-Ray?
X-rays are a form of radiant energy, like light or radio waves. Unlike light, x-rays can penetrate the body, which allows pictures to be taken of internal structures. Typically, x-rays are taken to look for the presence of broken or cracked bones. X-rays can also be used to look for some tumors, foreign bodies, fluid and other abnormalities. X-ray examinations provide valuable information about your health and play an important role in helping your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
If you are pregnant, please discuss with your physician prior to scheduling an X-ray. Please also notify the schedulers when making your appointment, as well as the technician at the imaging center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the test dangerous?
No. The amount of x-rays you will be exposed to is very small.
Will it hurt?
No. X-Ray is a painless test.
How long will it take?
Typically, no more than 20 minutes. It may take a little longer if you are scheduled for multiple x-rays.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes with no metal snaps or zippers. Sweat suits are preferred.
What do I need to bring?
If you have had x-rays of the same part of your body performed at another facility, it is helpful for the radiologist if you are able to bring them with you to be used for comparison.
What should I expect during the procedure?
You may be asked to remove any metal objects that may interfere with the x-ray images; therefore, you may be asked to remove your jewelry or part of your clothing and replace it with a gown. X-rays are taken either standing upright or...
You may be asked to remove any metal objects that may interfere with the x-ray images; therefore, you may be asked to remove your jewelry or part of your clothing and replace it with a gown. X-rays are taken either standing upright or lying on an imaging table. You may be asked to move into different positions to help the technologist take the correct image to assist with your diagnosis. You may be asked to hold your breath briefly while the x-ray is being taken.
When will I know the results?
Your physician should get the results in 2-3 working days.
Are there any restrictions after the test?
No, you may resume your normal activities, and take your medications as prescribed by your physician.
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