X-Ray - General Information
X-Ray, also known as plain radiography, is the oldest diagnostic imaging
procedure, and remains one of the most effective for its range of diagnostic
applications. It uses small amounts of radiation that pass through the
selected part of the body to produce an image. This procedure is often
used to evaluate the chest, musculoskeletal system, and, if used with
a contrast agent, the gastrointestinal system.
X-ray can evaluate abnormalities in the chest including lung cancer, pneumonia,
fluid surrounding the heart, and pulmonary embolism; the gastrointestinal
and urinary tracts for detection of everything from blockages and stones
to ulcers and tumors; and the musculoskeletal system when bone or joint
injuries or disease are suspected.
What to Expect
These tests typically take 15 to 30 minutes to complete. Usually, you will
not need to do anything special to prepare for an X-ray exam. However
because of the technology involved, X-rays are hardly ever performed on
a pregnant woman.
Follow any instructions given on the referral sheet you received from your
physician. Like most other imaging exams, all metallic items including
jewelry must be removed as they could interfere with the test.
Positioning of the body for the exam depends on the part of the body to
be studied. Typically, you'll be lying down or standing up and must
be very still while the images are taken. Several different views are
obtained to see various angles.
If your X-ray exam includes using a contrast agent to examine the lower
gastrointestinal or urinary tracts, prior preparation will be needed.
Fasting and possibly using an enema or laxative the night before the exam
may be required. You will be given complete instructions prior to your
We have imaging clinics in
Cameron Park. Please contact either location for more information.