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
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.