What Is An X-Ray?
X-rays are forms of electromagnetic radiation similar to light. They are higher in energy and can penetrate the body so that images of internal structures can be obtained. X-rays are used to expose a photographic plate or digital sensor. X-rays show parts of the body in various shades of gray, with some structures (e.g. bone) appearing whiter than organs (e.g. lungs) which appear darker on the image. X-rays can be done in combination with other diagnostic imaging studies such as barium testing. Walk-in X-rays are available at almost all of our locations.
What Are The Different Types Of X-Rays?
An X-ray is a diagnostic imaging tool that has the capability of gathering information about various parts of the human body. Computed tomography (CT) scans and mammograms are a form of x-rays. These two scans conduct multiple X-rays at once from various angles with the aid from powerful computers. Fluoroscopies are a special type of X-ray that are requested frequently by gastroenterologists in combination with barium testing. Standard X-rays can be performed on many parts of the human body such as the abdomen, chest, lung, joint, and so forth.
What Can X-Rays Detect?
X-rays are can detect a broad range of abnormalities and irregularities within the human body. X-rays can create images of organs and bones. X-rays are very quick to conduct and can quickly rule out some serious injuries or illnesses such as a bone fracture. An X-ray is limited with how much detail they can provide, but are able to produce images that can assess irregularities like fluid in the lungs, infections, punctures, fractures, and much more.
How Do I Prepare For An X-Ray?
No form of preparation is required before a standard X-ray. X-rays are offered on an appointment and walk-in basis.