X-Ray

Summary

Radiography, known to most people as x-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. For nearly a century, diagnostic images have been created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the human body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on an imaging receptor.  X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess bones, skulls and spines. At least two films are taken of a bone, and often three films if the problem is around a joint, (shoulder, ankle or wrist.)

At SSR, we image all parts of the body including:

  • Extremities
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Abdomen
  • Chest
  • Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP)

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Exam Prep & Overview

There is no special preparation required for most x-rays. Once you arrive, you may be asked to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that could obscure the images, since those show up on x-rays and may block the bones. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Bone & Chest X-Rays

The technologist positions the patient on the examination table; a flat image receptor will be placed under the area of the body to be imaged. Sandbags or pillows may help the patient hold the proper position. Then the technologist goes to a small adjacent room and asks the patient to hold very still during the exposure. For some exams, the patient may be asked to hold their breath. The radiographic equipment is activated, passing a beam of x-rays through the body to the image receptor. The technologist then repositions the patient for another view, and the process is repeated.

After each image, the technologist will check for proper positioning and technique. The images are then transferred to the radiologist for interpretation.

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