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General Radiography or X-ray

X-ray is a form of imaging that uses a small amount of radiation and a camera-like device to document conditions inside the body. It is a fast and easy way for physicians to view and assess conditions ranging from broken bones, to pneumonia, to cancer.
The image or X-ray is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body to expose a sensitive detector. The ability of X-rays to penetrate tissues and bones depends on the tissue's composition and mass. The difference between these two elements creates the images.

Who is it for?

X-rays are safe and effective for people of all ages, even young children. X-rays are particularly useful for examining the chest, bones, joints, and abdomen. However, if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, inform your doctor before having an X-ray. Though the risk of most diagnostic X-rays to an unborn baby is small, your doctor may prefer to wait or to use another imaging test such as ultrasound.

The Procedure

The technologist will position your body to obtain the necessary views. He or she may use pillows or sandbags to help you hold the proper position. The technologist then aims the machine at the area of your body that needs examination. An X-ray machine produces and X-ray beam using a tube that is carefully aimed and focused on the body part being examined. The machine produces a tiny burst of radiation, at a safe level, that passes through your body and records an image on the detector.
Before some types of X-rays you are given a liquid called contrast medium, or a dye. Contrast agents such as barium and iodine are injected, and can help outline a specific area of your body on the X-ray picture. In some cases, the contrast agent is swallowed and used to highlight the esophagus, stomach and intestinal tract.

After the Procedure

After an X-ray, you generally can resume normal activities. Routine X-rays usually have no side effects. However, if you receive and injection of contrast medium before your X-rays, call you doctor if you experience pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site. Ask your doctor about other signs and symptoms to watch for pertaining to your specific X-ray procedure.

Results

At Cameron, X-rays are recorded digitally. They can be viewed on-screen with our state-of-the-art Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) within minutes. A radiologist views and interprets the results. A report will be sent to your doctor, who then will explain the results to you.

For more information regarding X-ray services, please call (260) 667-5136.