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Digital X-Ray

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.

Our Patients Tell Our Story Best

I am going to contact my physician and tell him to start referring patients to Metro. Since many people now have high deductibles, the cost for my exam was 1/3 the cost of just the technical component at the hospital. I also didn't have the issue of parking and waiting like I have experienced in the past with hospital based radiology departments.

- West County Patient

I could not have had a better experience today. I came in to your center extremely nervous, and your staff made me feel like family before I left. This was such a pleasant experience; I have already told a dozen of my co-workers to visit your location if they ever need your services.

- South County Patient

I only go to Metro Imaging, even when the doctor wants me to go to his or her radiology department. Onsite results plus VIP service are prime reasons why I always come to Metro imaging for my radiology tests.

- North County Patient

I had been having my mammograms at a hospital for 20 yrs & decided to go to your facility this time since you are doing 3D at no additional cost to the patient. I am so glad I chose Metro Imaging.

- St. Peters Patient

It was a great experience. I was there for a routine x-ray and didn't have an appointment. I was only there about 35 minutes, what a pleasant alternative to going to the hospital for an x-ray, not to mention the cost savings! I will always choose Metro Imaging over the hospital.

- Richmond Heights Patient

Metro does an EXCELLENT job. I will never return to the hospital-based system again. I recommend Metro to all of my friends.

- St. Peters Patient

I have been in medicine for over 20 years and I have never seen or used a better facility. Efficient, professional, courteous, lower cost – better than any hospital I have seen, and I have used all in the County area as a patient and physician. I have sent my patients to several facilities, outpatient and hospital, nothing better. So all in all, Metro is the best in town for certain.

- West County Patient

OnSite Results eliminates what could be days of uncertainty while waiting for a follow-up from a physician. I received my results within minutes of finishing the exam.

- Richmond Heights Patient

Metro Imaging provides professional diagnostic imaging services in a convenient, service-oriented setting. Metro Imaging has been the model for outpatient imaging in the greater St. Louis area since 1994. Our five locations feature state-of-the-art technology, a friendly and caring staff, easy parking and a warm, upscale environment. With our exclusive OnSite Results, the choice is yours and the results are now.