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X-Ray Safety: What You Need To Know

Updated: May 5

Imagine you fall while skating. You suspect you have twisted your ankle. You visit your doctor, and they order an X-ray. Sounds familiar?

X-ray is a non-invasive procedure that is a quick and convenient way for doctors to examine the inside of your body. They can help doctors diagnose a variety of things, from broken bones and joint issues to problems in your chest. This information is crucial for getting the right treatment for you.

Let us take a closer look at 

  1. What is an X-ray?

  2. Why does your doctor order an X-ray?

  3. How do you prepare for an X-ray procedure?

  4. How is an X-ray procedure performed?

  5. What are the possible side effects of an X-ray procedure?

  6. What happens after an X-ray procedure?

What is an X-ray?

Imagine shining a flashlight through your hand. Most light passes through your skin, creating a shadow. Instead of light, X-ray is a type of radiation that captures a picture of your bones and soft tissues, such as organs.

Why does your doctor order an X-ray?

They can help doctors to diagnose various conditions and provide the right course of treatment. Here are some examples below.

  • Broken Bones: X-ray is the go-to tool for identifying the type of fractures and assisting doctors in determining the best treatment course. 

  • Joint Problems: X-rays can reveal signs of arthritis, inflammation, or other issues within a joint.

  • Chest X-rays: Doctors examine your lungs, heart, and other structures in your chest using a chest X-ray. They can be used to diagnose pneumonia and infections or even identify abnormalities in your ribs.

  • Dental X-rays: Dentists use X-rays to examine your teeth and jawbone for cavities, abscesses, or other dental problems.

  • Mammograms: These are specialized X-rays used to examine breast tissue. They help doctors detect breast lumps, evaluate changes in breast tissue, and help in the early diagnosis of breast cancer (we do not offer mammograms at the moment).

How Should You Prepare Before an X-ray?

In most cases, no special preparation is needed for an X-ray. However, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant. Your doctor or technician will help you to take extra precautions. 

  • Remove any metal objects on your clothing or person before the procedure for clear images. If you have any questions, ask your technician. 

  • The technician will provide you with a gown for the x-ray procedure. 

  • Follow any specific instructions from your doctor.

How is an X-Ray Procedure Performed? 

The X-ray technician will also explain how to position yourself during the procedure. Depending on the examined area, the technician will ask you to stand or lie on the table.

For example, a chest x-ray might require images from the front and side. A single X-ray will take up to a few minutes. However, depending on the doctor's requisition of the examined area, it may take up to 10 minutes.

The X-ray technician might ask you to hold your breath for a moment to ensure a clear image with minimal movement.

When X-rays pass through your body, they travel through soft tissues like muscles but get absorbed by denser tissues like bones. A special plate or sensor captures this information, creating a picture where bones (denser) appear white and soft tissues (less dense) appear as shades of gray. This picture, like a photographic negative, helps doctors see the area. 

What are the possible side effects of an X-ray procedure?

Yes, X-ray is a type of radiation. However, the amount used in a single x-ray is very low. However, if you are pregnant or if you think you are pregnant, ensure you communicate with your doctor. They will discuss any potential risks and determine the best course of action for your situation.

At Wolser Diagnostics, our highly trained technicians will ensure minimal radiation exposure while ensuring the best possible image quality.

Choose the right X-Ray Diagnostics Center

When it comes to X-rays, you deserve a positive and stress-free experience. That's where Wolser Diagnostics comes in. We understand that X-rays can raise questions, and we're here to guide you through the entire process.

Here's what sets Wolser Diagnostics apart:

  • Fast and Easy: We prioritize your time with minimal wait times and efficient procedures.

  • Friendly Staff: Our team is dedicated to providing a reassuring and informative experience.

  • Advanced Technology: We utilize state-of-the-art digital X-ray systems for the clearest images.

  • Fast Results: Get your results within 24 hours, allowing your doctor to develop a treatment plan sooner.

  • Expertise: Our radiologists are highly trained professionals dedicated to accurate interpretations.

Visit our website to learn more about Wolser Diagnostics and our commitment to your health. Choose Wolser Diagnostics for a smooth and informative X-ray experience!

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