What is a digital x-ray?
X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that can be focused into a beam. Unlike a beam of light, x-rays can pass through many objects, including the human body. When x-rays strike a piece of photographic film or a digital sensor, they produce a picture. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the x-rays and appear white on an x-ray. More x-rays pass through less dense tissues, such as muscle, which appear in shades of gray. X-rays that pass only through air, such as x-rays of the lungs, appear black.
Digital x-ray is a form of x-ray imaging where digital sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency, through bypassing chemical processing, and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. While conventional x-rays are viewed on a “view box,” digital x-rays are viewed on a computer monitor. Digital x-rays are saved as a digital file and are part of a patient’s medical record.
How do I prepare for my digital x-ray?
Appointments are not required for routine x-ray exams.
Tell your doctor if you are, or suspect you might be pregnant.
You will need to remove jewelry or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray picture. No other preparation is needed.
What can I expect during my digital x-ray?
A registered technologist will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you might have. You will be taken to the examination room, where you will be positioned for the x-ray - either standing, sitting, or lying down on an x-ray table, depending on which part of your body is to be examined. After your x-rays have been taken, they will be processed and reviewed. Additional x-rays may be taken to supplement the initial exam.
What will happen after my digital x-ray?
Your examination will be reviewed by the radiologist after the exam has been completed. If you choose OnSite Results, your preliminary results will be given to you before you leave our office. Your physician will be sent a detailed final report by fax or mail. Your physician can also view your images and results on a desktop computer at their office.