What is an X-Ray?
Used to create images of the body’s internal structures, x-ray is one of the most important diagnostic tools. This non-intrusive procedure is used to identify abnormalities in bones and internal organs.
Although the risk of radiation is known, it is extremely low with today’s state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. If there are any pre-existing health concerns, it is recommended you talk to a physician to assess the benefits and risks of the procedure.
This examination is performed by registered x-ray technologists and results are reviewed by physicians to diagnose and treat a patient’s condition.
Frequently asked questions:
Most x-rays do not require any special preparation. You may be asked to change into a gown and remove jewelry, glasses, or other objects that would interfere with the images created. If there is an exception to this exam preparation, your doctor will advise as to the proper steps.
When an x-ray is performed, the technologist usually requires the patient to lie or sit down on a table and may use a pillow or sandbags to help position the patient. The technologist then leaves the room or goes behind a protective barrier and instructs the patient to remain still while the image is captured. The images are captured quite quickly and may be reviewed by the radiologist prior to your departure.
As x-ray’s utilize small amounts of radiation, the risk is inherent, but the benefits of the exam usually far outweigh the risk of radiation. Several factors such as the area being examined or your age may increase the risk of radiation, so it is recommended you discuss the procedure with a physician and address any questions you may have.
It is also recommended that you discuss this procedure if you are pregnant or believe you may be pregnant. Although the risk of exposure to radiation for your baby may be small, other diagnostic imaging procedures may be recommended.