What is an X-ray?
X-rays are produced when energy is given off following an interaction between high-speed electrons and atoms of the receiving target anode. X-rays are only produced at the time of exposure and are not constantly occurring the environment.
What is Involved?
The technologist will position the patient using a light source and a series of landmarks obtained by pressing various body parts to find reference points.
You will be required to hold your breath for a few seconds for x-rays of the chest and abdomen area but it is not necessary for x-rays of the arms, legs and head. Although you may be required to hold awkward positions for a short period of time, there is no discomfort from the x-ray exposure.
How Do I Prepare?
Plain x-rays of the chest, abdomen, arms, legs and spine require no preparation and generally take only a few minutes to complete.
Street clothes and jewelry must be removed from the area of interest as they can interfere and cover the anatomy.
Click on the procedures listed below for specific information of the procedure and how to prepare.