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Digital X-ray FAQs

We know you may have questions regarding your examination.   If you can’t find the question or answer you are looking for please contact our office.

What is an X-ray?
The oldest and most frequently used method of medical imaging, an X-ray is a non-invasive medical test that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. A part of the body is exposed to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures that can be used to diagnose injury and disease.
How are x-rays used?

X-rays are used to:

  • diagnose broken bones or joint dislocation
  • demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture
  • guide orthopedic surgeries such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement, and fracture reductions
  • look for injury, infection, abnormal bone growths, or bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
What will happen during my X-ray procedure?
Depending on the area of your body being X-rayed, you may be asked to change into a gown. A technologist will then position you on the X-ray table or against the upright stand so that the part of your body being examined is between the x-ray machine and the receptor. X-rays are painless procedures and you will not feel anything.