or X-Ray Exam
An x-ray is a noninvasive medical test to view and assess injuries, dislocations, fractures, and abnormalities in joints. It is the fastest way to detect a problem with any bone.
A small dose of ionizing radiation is used to produce images of any bones in the body: foot, ankle, leg, knee, thigh, hip, pelvis, spine, shoulder, elbow, arm, wrist, hand.
X-rays do not require special preparation.
If you are pregnant or exists a chance that you could be, you should tell the technologist, as not to expose the fetus to the radiation.
Dress in comfortable, loose clothing and leave at home jewelry.
You may be asked to wear a gown.
You may be asked to remove eye-glasses, dental appliances, and any metal object or clothing that could interfere with the test.
Depending on the bone to study, the x-ray could be taken with the patient standing upright or lying down on an x-ray table.
During the process
It is a painless procedure in a cool temperature room.
You should be very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray image is taken to reduce the chance of a blurred picture.
The technologist will go into the next room or a wall to activate the x-ray machine. Usually, images are taken from two to three different angles. Probably another image of the unaffected limb is taken for later comparison with the injured area.
The whole process lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.
No radiation will remain in the body of the patient after an x-ray test.
A radiologist will later interpret the image and send a signed report to your referring physician, who will discuss the findings with you in another visit.
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