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X-Rays and Conventional Diagnostic Radiology

Radiography, more commonly known as X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Conventional diagnostic radiography uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic pictures of the human body on film. The image is created when the X-ray passes through bone and tissues onto film or a digital-image recording plate.

Common X-Ray Questions

  • When might an X-ray be needed?
    X-rays are commonly used to assist physicians in the diagnosis and assessment of many conditions, including arthritis, bone fractures, pneumonia, and scoliosis. In the case of a broken bone, X-rays can show very fine hairline fractures or chips and ensure that a fracture has been properly realigned and stabilized.
  • How should I prepare for the procedure?
    There is no special preparation required for most radiographs. You may be asked to change into a gown for your examination, and you will need to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses, and any other metal objects that could obscure the images. Females should tell the doctor or technologist if there is any chance they could be pregnant.
  • Will I feel anything during the X-ray?
    There is no pain associated with having an X-ray. Sometimes you will be asked to hold yourself in an uncomfortable position for a short time while the X-ray is taken, but that discomfort will be brief.
  • How are the results of the study obtained?
    The images will be processed and then the radiologist will evaluate and interpret the study and promptly inform your referring physician of the results.

How is an appointment scheduled?

Your physician must order this exam for you. If you currently have an appointment and need to reschedule or are unable to make the appointment, please call us at least 24 hours in advance at 919-232-4700.

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