What is X-ray?
An X-ray is an image (picture) acquired using small amounts of radiation sent through the body to create a picture. Our facility is digital, which means that your images display on a computer monitor instead of the standard film of years past.
What does an X-ray show?
X-rays are most often used as a diagnostic tool to detect problems with bones, joints, heart, lungs, abdomen, and more. If an X-ray has been ordered, your doctor has decided that its value outweighs any risk.
How long does an X-ray take?
Most exams take less than 10 minutes. If your physician has ordered a larger number of x-rays, your exam may take a little longer to complete.
Are there any restrictions to prevent me from having an X-ray?
If you are or may be pregnant, the procedure may not be performed. Please consult with your physician before having any x-rays performed.
Is there any preparation before the study?
There is minimal preparation before having your x-ray.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing with no metal.
- Remove any jewelry or other objects that may interfere with the study.
What can I expect?
You will be asked to sit, stand, or lie on the table depending on the part of your body being imaged. Depending on your procedure, a lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield you from the X-rays. Each X-ray exam may require two or more views. You may be asked to change your position before each view. For best results you should follow instructions.