An x-ray (radiograph) is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
X-Ray – Bone
A bone x-ray makes images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, shoulder, spine, pelvis, hip, thigh, knee, leg (shin), ankle or foot.
A bone x-ray is used to:
- diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation.
- demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture.
- guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions.
- look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions.
- assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer.
- locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones.
X-Ray – Chest
The chest x-ray is the most commonly performed diagnostic x-ray examination. A chest x-ray produces images of the heart, lungs, airways, blood vessels and the bones of the spine and chest.
A chest x-ray is typically the first imaging test used to help diagnose symptoms such as:
- shortness of breath
- a bad or persistent cough
- chest pain or injury
Physicians use the examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
- heart failure and other heart problems
- lung cancer
- line and tube placement
- fluid or air collection around the lungs
- other medical conditions
For convenience, many of our referring physicians send patients directly from their office to one of our facilities. Therefore, DIS does not require appointments on our routine or general x-rays, such as those previously described. As always, one of our radiologists will read and interpret your films and get the results to your doctor usually with one business day – often sooner!
No special preparation is needed for this exam.