What is an X-Ray?
An X-ray is a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, which can be focused into a beam. When X-rays strike a piece of photographic film or a screen, a picture is produced. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the X-rays and appear white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, appear in shades of gray, while X-rays that pass only through air, such as X-rays of the lungs or colon, appear black.
Why We Use Digital X-Ray?
Digital X-rays achieve the same high quality picture as with film. An added benefit to digital X-rays is that they can be enhanced and manipulated with computers and sent via a network to other workstations and computer monitors, allowing practitioners in remote locations to access the images and assist in diagnosis.
Digital X-ray is used in diagnosing breaks, bony abnormalities, or chest or sinus problems. There is generally no preparation for digital X-ray. In fact, X-rays may be done on a walk-in basis with a prescription or orders from a referring physician. No preparation is required prior to your visit.
Preparing for Your Visit:
- Please wear comfortable clothing for your exam.
- You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
Following Your Visit:
- Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.