What is digital X-ray? Comparing digital X-rays to traditional film is exactly like comparing a regular camera to a digital camera. The images are acquired in the same way, but the data is stored electronically instead of being stored on film. Full-field digital X-ray transfers images to a computer so they can be electronically enhanced. Digital X-ray allows the radiologist to focus on areas of concern, which enhances readability and interpretations of the images. Eventually, when facilities have the capability to manage this data, digital X-rays will be more convenient for the physician. An X-ray uses a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. X-rays are most often used to detect bone or joint problems, or to check the heart and lungs (chest X-ray).
How to prepare for your X-ray
Before your X-ray
You may be asked to remove your watch, jewelry or garments with metal closures from the part of your body being imaged. These items can block part of the image.
During your X-ray
You will be asked to lie on a table, sit or stand, depending on what part of your body is being imaged. A lead apron may be draped over part of your body to shield it from the X-rays. With an X-ray of your chest or abdomen, you will have to take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. Each exam requires at least two X-rays. You will need to move your body before each new X-ray.
After your X-ray
After your radiographs have been reviewed by our radiologist, your personal physician will receive a report of the findings. Your physician will then advise you of the results and discuss what further procedures, if any, are needed. The radiation that you are exposed to during this examination passes through you immediately. You are not “radioactive” and it is not necessary to take any special precautions following your examination.
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