What is an X-ray?

 

X-ray is a form of electromagnetic radiation. It is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body — particularly your bones. X-ray beams can pass through your body, but they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.

 

What to expect?

 

Most initial consults will need x-rays if you haven’t already had them. If you are wearing any metal in the area of interest you will be asked to change into a gown or remove the necessary article (jewelry, watch). You will be asked to hold motionless (motion will cause a repeat in exposure) and some exams may require you to hold your breath for a short period of time (1 second).

 

If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant please inform the technologist prior to the exam.