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What is an x-ray?
X-ray, or radiography, refers to procedures that use standard x-rays to view parts of the body. This type of exam includes the common x-ray, tomography, and fluoroscopy. In all three procedures, a very low dose of radiation is used, which make x-rays extremely safe diagnostic tests.
Conventional radiography (x-ray) is a simple, painless procedure that enables the radiologist to analyze the bone and soft tissue anatomy for diagnosis. The average x-ray study takes 15-20 minutes.
Fluoroscopy is an enhanced x-ray that produces images on a television-like monitor. It is especially helpful in diagnosing problems of the lower respiratory track, digestive tract, kidneys, and gallbladder. A fluoroscopy exam usually lasts 30-40 minutes. A contrast agent is sometimes needed to amplify the area of interest. You may be given instructions on diet before your exam.
Safety of x-rays
There is general agreement within the medical community that the small theoretical risks associated with the use of radiation are greatly outweighed by the information x-rays provide relating to a patient’s condition. Because of their training in radiation physics and radiation biology, radiologists are constantly at work developing techniques that will decrease the amount of radiation received by the patient. Improved film quality and advances in electronic technology have helped create better images faster using lower doses of radiation.
How do I learn the results?
The radiologist will read the exam and consult with your doctor. He/she will share the results with the patient.
- You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
- Generally, no preparation is required. However, if your exam requires a contrast material, some preparation may be necessary. Instructions will be given at the time of scheduling
- Walk-ins are welcome for routine X-rays.
- The patient may leave immediately following the exam because the X-rays have no side effect