Radiography, or an x-ray as it is most commonly known, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. The most common use of bone radiographs is to assist the physician in identifying and treating fractures. X-ray images of the skull, chest, spine, joints and extremities are performed on a walk-in basis. A written prescription from a physician is needed before the x-ray can be taken.
There is no preparation needed. If you are pregnant or the possibility of pregnancy exists you MUST notify the technologist. You may be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses or any metal objects that could interfere with the films being taken.
During the Exam
The technologist will position you on the exam table or against a wall mounted device. The technologist will ask you to hold very still without breathing for a few seconds. The equipment is activated, sending a beam of x-rays through the body to expose the film. The technologist may reposition you and take additional films. Once all images are obtained and reviewed for technical quality, you will be able to leave. A written report will be sent to your referring physician.