X ray

An X-ray, medically known as radiography, is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones. X-ray images of the skull, spine, joints and extremities are the most common. X-rays can show very fine hairline fractures or bone chips and can also show alignment and stabilization during the healing process.

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

What to Expect

Most X-rays don’t require any special preparation. Patients may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses or any metal objects that might be in the area to be examined. It is very important for women to inform their physician and Radiologic Technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
Depending on the part being examined, the appointment can take anywhere from five minutes to a couple of hours.
A radiologist will interpret the x-ray exam. The findings will be sent to the referring provider who will then contact the patient with the results.

Common X-rays

Abdomen – evaluates the kidneys, bladder, and gas pattern in the intestines.

Angiography/Venography– evaluates vascular health by first injecting contrast dye into the veins to make them visible on an X-ray.

Chest – evaluates the lungs, heart and chest wall.

Fluoroscopy – a live/continuous X-ray image used to evaluate moving body functions or to help guide catheters during a procedure.

Head – evaluates the skull bones, facial bones, nose and sinuses.

Lower Extremities – evaluates the foot, ankle, knee and/or leg.

Pelvis – evaluates the lower torso/pelvic girdle.

Upper Extremities – evaluates the hand, wrist, and/or arm.