Digital X-ray

X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

X-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body that allow doctors to view and assess bones and soft tissues.

Using Digital X-Ray (computed radiography) rather than the traditional film (conventional radiography), allows for:

  1. 90% less radiation exposure
  2. faster X-Ray time for a patient
  3. enhanced image quality with greater detail and ability for image manipulation
  4. a patient’s image can be transferred very easily to a referring doctor and may be stored indefinitely

How to prepare for the exam

Most x-ray exams require no special preperation. However, some images of the digestive system may require you to fast. Some x-ray examinations may require the patient to swallow contrast material or receive an injection of contrast into the bloodstream.

You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.

Women should always inform their physician or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation.

After the exam

There are no special steps to take after the exam.