Radiography involves using a small amount of x-ray energy to produce images of the body. Radiography is the most widely used form of imaging of the human body, aiding physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions.
What are some uses for X-Ray?
General x-ray includes the evaluation of the chest, spine, hips, abdomen, skull and extremities.
- A chest x-ray may be used to detect abnormalities such as an enlarged heart, pulmonary edema, pneumonia and other various illnesses affecting the lungs.
- A spinal x-ray may be used to evaluate conditions such as fractures, curvature of the spine (scoliosis) and degenerative changes associated with the aging process (arthritis).
- An abdominal x-ray may be used to detect fluid in the abdomen, obstruction of the bowel, the size and shape of the abdominal structures and calcifications such as stones that may be present in the urinary tract.
- An x-ray of the extremities may be used to detect fractures, arthritis or other bony abnormalities that may be present.
What must I do in order to prepare for the exam?
There is no special preparation required for most general x-rays. However, you may need to change into a gown to remove any radiopaque objects in the area being imaged. (i.e. jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins, dentures, snaps, zippers, etc).
What is involved in having an x-ray?
Two or more x-ray views may be taken depending on the part of the body that is being radiographed. You will be asked to remain still and may have to hold your breath during the brief exposure. This will help produce a good quality image.