X-rays are simple and painless diagnostic tests that produce images of structures (particularly bones) inside your body. X-ray beams pass through the body and get absorbed in varying amounts, depending on the type of material they pass through. Bones show up as white on X-rays, while air shows up as black. Muscle and fat tissue appear as different shades of gray.
Your doctor may recommend an X-ray to detect or rule out the following:
X-rays allow your doctor to diagnose a variety of different conditions. They review your medical history, discuss your symptoms, complete a physical exam, and may order lab tests in addition to X-rays.
Follow your doctor’s instructions to prepare for getting X-rays. Wear comfortable clothes or change into a hospital gown. Remove eyeglasses, jewelry, or other metal objects.
During X-rays, you lie down or sit very still while an X-ray machine passes a safe level of radiation through your body to develop images. The procedure is fast and painless, as you can’t feel it. Your technologist might ask you to hold your breath at specific times during X-ray imaging.
After getting X-rays, you can resume a normal routine as there’s no downtime afterward.
Your radiologist interprets the results of the X-rays and your doctor discusses them with you. They let you know if you need further diagnostic testing or treatment for an illness, injury, or chronic disease.
If your doctor recommends X-rays, schedule your imaging test with Image Works. Call the office, schedule an appointment online, or walk in with appropriate provider orders today.
Notes: Accept walk-ins with appropriate provider orders