X-ray exams include a side range of diagnostic procedures used to demonstrate area of the body. X-ray technology today is often referred as to general radiography. X-ray beams move differently through bones than they would tissues or organs.
The difference can be seen in the density of the impression they give to the image. Bones for example will absorb more of the beam than the organ or soft tissue making them appear white or gray on x-ray images while tissue appears darker.
X-rays and general radiography play a very important role in helping physicians make their diagnostic decisions for treatment. X-ray finding often suggest to the radiologist that further diagnostic images procedures will be required.
The procedure usually takes between 10 to 30 minutes depending on the type of exam requested. Some patients may be asked to change into a gown if their clothing has zippers or button that are in the view.
After the exam, there are no restrictions and a patient can return to work or normal activity immediately. Your result are reviewed and interpreted by a staff radiologist. Any previous studies are compared against the new exam and the results are sent directly to the referring physician. The goal is to provide a physician with the report quickly.