With our digitized X-ray, we have gone past delays caused by developers and dark rooms. Our facility digitally processes the films in minutes. Same film can be interpreted online and also forwarded to your doctor online. No more waiting for big envelopes of X-ray films if you choose not to.
Digital X-rays are superior to conventional X-rays in resolution and quality.
How the Test is Performed
We performed the test in our radiology department by an x-ray technologist. The positioning of the patient, x-ray machine, and film depends on the type of study and area of interest. Multiple individual views may be requested.
Much like conventional photography, motion causes blurry images on radiographs, and thus, patients may be asked to hold their breath or not move during the brief exposure (about 1 second).
How to Prepare for the Test
Inform the health care provider prior to the exam if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, If abdominal studies are planned and you have had a barium contrast study (such as a barium enema, upper GI series, or barium swallow) in the last 4 days, the test may be delayed until the contrast has fully passed.
You will remove all jewelry and wear a hospital gown during the x-ray examination because metal and certain clothing can obscure the images and require repeat studies.
How the Test Will Feel
There is no discomfort from x-ray exposure. Patients may be asked to stay still in awkward positions for a short period of time.
For most conventional x-rays, the risk of cancer or defects due to damaged ovarian cells or sperm cells is very low. Most experts feel that this low risk is largely outweighed by the benefits of information gained from appropriate imaging. X-rays are monitored and regulated to provide the minimum amount of radiation exposure needed to produce the image.
Young children and fetuses are more sensitive to the risks of x-rays. Women should tell health care providers if they think they are pregnant.