Digital X-ray

doctor looking at an xray on an ipad

What is it?

X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of digital medical imaging. For nearly a century, diagnostic medical imaging has been created by passing small, highly controlled amounts of radiation through the human body, capturing the resulting shadows and reflections on a photographic, or digital, plate.

X-rays allow physicians to perform a quick evaluation, often detecting diseases in the early stages, improving the chances for recovery. X-rays can also rule out the presence of disease, reduce the need for invasive surgery, and provide a guide for surgeons when surgery is unavoidable.

At Maryville Imaging, X-rays are done on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary. When coming for their exams, patients should also bring their written prescription from their physician with them and their insurance card. Although there are no special preparations required for most radiographic procedures, some patients may be asked to change into a gown.

What to Expect

During the procedure, a radiologic technologist will assist patients onto an exam table or into a chair, and a film cassette (plastic plate) is placed under the table or directly under the area of the body to be imaged. Sandbags, sponges, or pillows may be used to help hold patients in the proper position. The technologist will then exit the room and head to an adjacent room. Patients will be instructed to hold still, without moving or breathing, for a few minutes while the X-ray is being taken. The technologist will reposition the patient for additional views, and the whole process is repeated several times. The entire procedure typically takes less than 15 minutes. Test results are interpreted by the radiologic technologist who will dictate a written report, which will then be forwarded to the referring physician within 24 to 48 hours of the completion of the procedure.

As a general rule, women should always inform their doctor and radiologic technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant, or if they are breast-feeding. The referring physician, in conjunction with the radiologist, will determine if the procedure is appropriate or whether another diagnostic procedure should be recommended.

Maryville Imaging complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws, does not discriminate and does not exclude people or treat them differently because of or on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information and testing, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, veteran status military status, unfavorable discharge from military, or other lawfully protected status.

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