X-Ray is a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves. X-Ray imaging creates pictures of the inside of your body. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white.
This beam travels through the air, comes into contact with our body tissues, and produces an image on a plate. Soft tissue, such as skin and organs, cannot absorb the high-energy rays, and the beam passes through them. Dense materials inside our bodies, like bones, absorb the radiation.
The amount of radiation you’re exposed to during an X-ray depends on the tissue or organ being examined. Sensitivity to the radiation depends on your age, with children and elderly being more sensitive than adults.
Generally, however, radiation exposure from an X-ray is low, and the benefit from these tests far outweigh the risks.
Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your daily routine and take medications as usual. No fasting is needed, so eat and drink as you normally would.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The time that you are scheduled for allows for 15 minutes of filling out paperwork and changing into scrubs that we will provide for you. We will also provide a locker for you to put your belongings in. Jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, dentures, hairpins, credit cards, coins, keys, and other metal objects will need to be removed and placed in the provided locker before going into the CT room. All valuables should be left at home.
X-ray scans are individualized and tailored to each patient’s needs. Total scan times range from 10 to 15 minutes per exam.
After the X-Ray exam, patients will be given a CD with the images. A U.S. MRI radiologist will then read the images, and a radiology report will be faxed to your referring physician. Your doctor will provide you with your results at your follow-up appointment.