X-RAY

AKA Radiography, X-radiation.

An X-ray exam uses a type of electromagnetic wave, or photon, to view the internal structure of the body. X-rays pass through different types of tissues at different rates, and the remaining photons are captured on the other side of the patient by a digital detector or photographic film.

X-ray exams are used to assess the presence or absence of disease, foreign objects, and structural damage (such as bone fractures) or anomaly. It can also be used to guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions. Women who have difficulty becoming pregnant may even have recommended to get an X-ray exam to evaluate the shape and structure of the uterus, the openness of the fallopian tubes, and any scarring within the uterine or abdominal cavity.

In cases where contrast material is used, the material turns the areas of interest bright white on the X-ray images.

SMIL locations providing X-RAY services:

The SMIL technologist will position you in the X-ray room, either on a table or standing up depending on the area of the body they are imaging. Typically, two or more views of the area are taken. A lead apron may be placed over your abdominal area when feasible to protect from radiation.

You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the X-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. The SMIL technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the X-ray machine.

If a contrast material is needed for an X-ray, it will be administered intravenously.

When the examination is complete, you will be asked to wait until the radiologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained. An X-ray exam is usually completed within 15 minutes.

YFor most X-rays, there are minimal to no preparations. However, there are certain exams you will need to prepare for. Learn how to prepare for your specific exam below.

There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk. No radiation remains in a patient's body after an x-ray examination.

Women should always inform their physician or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

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