X-rays are a type of radiation exam called electromagnetic waves. X-rays create images of the inside parts of your body to help your doctor diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions.
When a medical professional requires enhanced visibility of specific areas, they may use a contrast material during the procedure. This substance, often containing iodine or barium, helps highlight certain organs or blood vessels, aiding in the detection of abnormalities.
The process involves a sophisticated X-ray machine, where focused X-ray beams pass through the body, capturing details of bones and soft tissues. The contrast material enables the differentiation of structures that would otherwise be challenging to visualize.
A key component of the X-ray machine is the ray detector, which captures the transmitted X-rays, converting them into digital images. Careful consideration of factors such as the duration of ray exposure ensures the acquisition of high-quality diagnostic images while minimizing potential risks.
X-ray technology has revolutionized medical imaging, allowing healthcare professionals to examine internal structures with precision and identify conditions affecting bones, organs, and blood vessels.
Why are X-Rays Done
Your doctor may recommend an x-ray exam for many reasons, including diagnosing kidney stones, lung disease, or bone injuries.
How to prepare
Before an x-ray, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
If you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant, tell your doctor prior to having an x-ray. Though the risk to an unborn baby is small, your doctor may consider whether it's necessary or if there is another imaging option available for an accurate diagnosis.
Before the X-Ray
The X-ray Technologist will:
- Ask you questions about your medical history including prior surgeries
- Ask you to remove any jewelry and/or any metal objects that may obscure the images
During an X-Ray
You usually lie on your back or stand, but sometimes will need to lie on your stomach or side. You may be asked to hold your breath during the x-ray to avoid the images being blurry or have a motion artifact.
A Radiologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease and injury, using medical imaging techniques such as x-rays, CT (computed tomography), and ultrasound. The radiologist will interpret the images from your x-ray and send a report to your doctor. Plan to discuss the results with your doctor at a follow-up appointment.
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