An X-ray is a painless exam that allows physicians to view inside of the body. X-Rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of radiology. The examination involves exposing a specific area of the body to a small amount of ionized radiation. Dense areas, such as bone, will absorb the radiation, while less dense areas like tissue and organs will allow the radiation to pass through. Dense areas, like bone, will appear while on an x-ray while less dense areas will appear gray.
How to Prepare for an X-ray
There is no preparation needed for an x-ray examination. Wear comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into a gown for the examination.
You will be positioned on the examination table according to the specific body part to be x-rayed by the technologist. You will be asked to lie still and hold your breath while the camera is acquiring the images. It is likely that the technologist will reposition the patient several times during the exam to get different views of the area being examined. At Sun Radiology we are a filmless clinic. The high quality digital images appear on a computer screen and are viewed by the technologist and then sent to the radiologist.
The technologist will assist you from the examination table. Your physician will receive a report from the radiologist on the results of the examination.