What is a  X-ray?Xray

X-ray is the most commonly performed medical imaging procedure, as well as the oldest. X-ray uses a form of radiation that can travel through the body. Patients are exposed to a small amount of radiation during X-ray, usually around the same amount as they would be during a cross-country flight.

Dense materials, like bone, absorb much of the radiation, causing them to appear white on X-ray images. Less dense materials, like fat and muscle, appear as varying shades of gray.

How is X-ray Used?

Most frequently used to view and assess broken bones, X-ray can also be used to diagnose and monitor other conditions. X-ray can be used to examine bones for arthritis, cancer and osteoporosis; the chest for infections or an enlarged heart; and the abdomen for digestive track problems. Some X-ray procedures use a contrast dye to make certain body parts appear in greater detail on X-ray images.

What Happens During an X-ray Exam?

Once you arrive, you may be asked by the technologist to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses and any metal objects that may obscure the images. You may be asked to stand or lie down on an examination table, depending on the part of the body to be examined.

Why Digital?

We use the most advanced technology to deliver premium healthcare. Digital imaging gives us many advantages in handling your exam, not the least of which is faster communication of results to your doctor. Digital imaging also allows your medical team to collaborate, if necessary, and to immediately compare previous exams with current ones, so that your health is properly monitored. It isn't only the latest innovations in healthcare and the most expert professionals—we also invest in our technology infrastructure, because that has a direct impact on your results. And that's our first priority.

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