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Diagnostic x-ray (Radiography):

Being the most commonly used and beneficial in medical imaging, radiography assists physicians diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions. Radiography uses X-rays as a non invasive way to visualize the internal structures such as bone and soft tissue in a minimum of two planes. X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to radio waves, visible light, ultraviolet radiation and microwaves and referred to as ionizing radiation. To create the image, a beam of X-rays are produced by a generator and projected toward the object. A certain amount of X-ray is absorbed by the object, dependent on its density and composition. The X-rays that pass through the object are captured by a digital detector and transmitted to a computer that generates an image.  These are also called plain film x-rays.

How do I prepare for my exam?

There is no preparation for diagnostic x-rays.

What should I wear?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing with no metal objects.  (i.e. metal buttons, grommets, zippers, clasps, snaps etc.)

What can I expect?

A technologist will explain the test and possibly ask you to change into a gown and/or remove any jewelry.  You will then be given positioning instructions while images are being taken.  You may be asked to hold your breath for several seconds to minimize motion and obtain clearer images.  Diagnostic x-ray exams are approximately 15-30 minutes.

Can I take prescribed medication?

Yes.  You may take your prescribed medication as normal.

How will I feel after the exam?

Patients are able to resume normal activities after testing.

Regular x-rays are performed at HVCH 24/7, no appointment necessary with physician orders.