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.