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X-ray Imaging

X-ray is a valuable medical imaging tool used to quickly capture a single image of your anatomy to assess injury or disease. X-rays have eliminated the need for more invasive procedures to understand what is happening inside the body. A versatile tool, X-ray is used to screen for and diagnose medical conditions throughout the body, from broken toes to fluids in the lungs to stones in the kidneys. Some X-rays incorporate the use of fluoroscopy.

Also called “radiography,” X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to generate the image it creates. The clinical benefits of medical imaging typically outweigh the potential risks of radiation exposure, but talk with your provider if you have any concerns. If you have an If you have questions about an upcoming X-ray exam with us, please call your center.

 

  1. We will call you prior to your appointment to discuss specific preparation instructions and your past imaging exams. Be sure to tell us if you are nursing or if there is a chance you are pregnant. We’ll give you a general expectation in terms of time you’ll be in our center, but on average you should get through your X-ray appointment in under an hour.
  2. On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and bring prior imaging results with you, if instructed. 
  3. Our X-ray technologist will be help position you properly in the X-ray machine for the area of the body being imaged. Some X-rays include fluoroscopy which involves administering contrast through an I.V. in your arm or hand, or it may be an oral contrast which you drink in advance. If your exam requires an oral contrast, our center associate will tell you during your appointment preparation call.
  4. The technologist will go behind a partial wall with a viewing window to run the X-ray. The exam is very fast.
  5. After the exam, your images will be electronically sent to one of our radiologists who will review the information and write a report for your provider. This information is shared with your provider within 24 hours of your exam. The provider who referred you for the X-ray will be the one to follow-up with you about your results.