This procedure uses a small amount of radiation on a selected part of the body to generate an image. X-ray, or plain radiography, is commonly used to generate images of the chest, muscular or skeletal system, and in some instances, your gastro/intestinal system. This procedure is the oldest and, perhaps most well-known in all of radiology and is still the most commonly performed.
However, new state-of-the-art digital technology has done away with the need for chemical processors and cumbersome X-ray film. Instead, images are acquired electronically, transmitted, and stored in a digital format, along with the accompanying reports. CD copies can also be generated.
Images are viewed by our radiologists on our latest, state-of-the-art 5-megapixel monitors.
The images, along with its reports, are immediately available for electronic transmission to referring physicians. Our facility can also accept similar images from other facilities for comparisons to prior studies. This becomes very important in identifying any pertinent changes in the health status of the region of interest.
No preparation is necessary.
Prior to the exam, you may be asked to change clothes and wear a gown. Wearing loose fitting jogging clothes with no metal objects may allow you to avoid changing clothes.
Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities.