What Is X-Ray?
An X-ray examination is a medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat patients' medical conditions. This is the most commonly requested test and often a prerequisite for other higher modality tests. An X-ray is a quick, painless test. It involves exposing the part of the body being examined to a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce highly accurate pictures of the body.
We frequently depend on X-rays to diagnose pneumonia, lung tumors, heart failure and bone trauma.
X-ray is the first test in evaluating abdominal pain due to bowel obstruction, kidney stones and abnormalities of bones and joints. It is an indispensable tool for fracture detection.
How Is X-Ray Performed?
Conventional radiography (X-ray) is a simple, painless procedure that enables the radiologist to analyze predominantly the bony structures, and to lesser extent the soft tissue anatomy, for initial diagnosis. The average X-ray study takes 10 minutes. X-ray is most commonly used to identify and treat bone fractures and analyze the chest for diseases such as pneumonia, early lung cancer and heart failure.
Fluoroscopy is a real-time X-ray, and consists of an X-ray machine and a fluorescent screen to view the internal organs of the body live in movement. It is especially helpful in diagnosing problems of the esophagus, stomach and small and large bowels. A fluoroscopic exam usually lasts 15 minutes. An orally administered barium solution is usually needed to allow visualization of the area of interest.
Carestream CR Elite digital view system allows full range of views and is able to accommodate wheelchair and stretcher exams for patients up to 400 pounds. All radiographs are reviewed before the patient is released to assure accuracy and high quality. Immediate diagnosis is communicated via eFax to your doctor.