general radiology (X-rays)
Digital X-rays are the most common examination performed in radiology. A small column of radiation passes through the body and strikes the digital sensor on the other side. Similar to digital photography, the image can be adjusted. The radiologist can magnify, rotate, lighten/darken, or measure on a workstation to better answer clinical questions. X-rays of the chest, abdomen, spine, sinuses and extremities are the most common types of exams performed. At least two images are taken, but additional images may be required depending on the body part being examined. You may be asked to wait if your physician has requested that the result be called to their office prior to your departure from the facility.
Preparing for an X-ray
There is no special preparation. You may need to change into a gown upon arrival. Typically, these exams require 5 to 15 minutes to complete. An X-ray exam is offered on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary. A written order from your physician is required. If you are pregnant, you will need to notify the technologist prior to your exam.