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 a photographic, or digital, plate.
X-Rays allow physicians to perform a quick evaluation, often detecting diseases in the early stages, where the chance for recovery is improved. X-rays can also rule out the presence of disease, reduce the need for invasive surgery, and provide a guide for surgeons when surgery is unavoidable.
Is Radiography For Everyone?
Most individuals can have a radiographic or fluoroscope procedure. However, care must be considered for pregnant females. Women should always inform their doctor and radiologic technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. It is very important that if you are pregnant, or there is a possibility of pregnancy, or breast feeding, that you inform your physician and the center personnel prior to your X-ray procedure. Your physician, in conjunction with the radiologist, will determine if the procedure is appropriate or whether another diagnostic procedure is recommended. Special care is taken during X-ray examinations to ensure patient safety by shielding the abdomen and pelvis with a lead apron, with the exception of those examinations in which the abdomen and pelvis are being imaged.
What Should I Expect During The Radiography Procedure?
—You may be asked to change into a clinic gown and escorted to the radiography room.
—For radiographic procedures, a radiologic technologist will assist you on to the padded exam table or into a chair. A film cassette (plastic plate) is placed under the table or directly under the area of the body to be imaged. Sandbags, sponges, or pillows may be used to help hold you in the proper position.
—The radiologic technologist will exit the procedure room to an adjacent room and instruct you to hold very still without moving and/or breathing for a few seconds when the X-ray is taken.
—The radiologic technologist will reposition you for additional views, and the process is typically repeated multiple times.
Our goal is to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable radiography procedure. If you are uncomfortable in any way, please inform your radiologic technologist.
How Long Will The Radiography Procedure Take?
Usually, a radiographic procedure takes less than 15 minutes, depending on the type of procedure you are having.
When Do I Get My Radiography Results?
Our certified radiologic technologist will prepare your X-ray images for the radiologist to evaluate. The radiologist will interpret your results and dictate a written report, which will be forwarded to your physician generally within 24 to 48 hours of completion of your procedure. Your physician will convey the results of the procedure to you.