X-Ray / Radiography, as it is most commonly known, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Discovered more than a century ago, x-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally on a computer screen.
X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, such as skull fractures and spine injuries. At least two images (from different angles) are taken and often three images are needed if the problem is around a joint (knee, elbow or wrist). X-rays also play a key role in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of sports-related injuries. X-ray may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones, although early screening for cancer findings requires other methods. X-Ray Patient Preparations:
There are no preparations needed for the X-ray exams.
Pregnancy is a contraindication to any study involving radiation. Patients who may be pregnant must first take a pregnancy test to determine non-pregnancy before an x-ray can be taken.