Digital X-Rays


A Digital X-Ray test is very common. About seven million x-ray examinations are made every year in the United States. Some of the many uses include:

  • Diagnosis of fractures – detection of broken bones is one of the most common uses of this test
  • Diagnosis of dislocations – an x-ray examination can reveal if the bones of a joint are abnormally positioned
  • As a surgical tool – to help the surgeon accurately perform the operation. For example, x-ray images were taken during orthopedic surgery show if the fracture is aligned or if the implanted device (such as an artificial joint) is in position. X-rays may also be used in other surgical procedures for the same purpose
  • Diagnosis of bone or joint conditions – for example, some types of cancer or arthritis
  • Diagnosis of chest conditions – such as pneumonia, lung cancer, emphysema or heart failure
  • Detection of foreign objects – for example, bullet fragments or swallowed coins.

Medical considerations prior to a Digital X-Ray may include:

  • Telling your doctor if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. If this is the case, another type of test may be recommended
  • A conventional x-ray examination does not require any special preparation.
  • X-ray examinations can only detect severe cases of osteoporosis. Your doctor may suggest other tests to help confirm the diagnosis.

Depending on the part of your body being examined, you may be asked to undress, remove all jewelry and wear a hospital gown. The basic procedure then involves:

  • Standing up or Lying down on an examination table, depending on which part of your body is being investigated.
  • Having a radiographer place you between the x-ray machine and the imaging device that captures the x-rays being transmitted through that part of your body.
    • The radiographer may shield parts of your body with a lead apron. This is to reduce the risk of unnecessary exposure to radiation.
    • The radiographer will need to touch you in order to position your body correctly for each picture.
  • The radiographer will operate the controls while each image is taken. To do this, they will stand behind a screen and call instructions to you if necessary.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath for a couple of seconds as each picture is taken so that the breathing movement doesn’t blur the images.
  • A straightforward and conventional x-ray examination of the hand, for example, usually takes a few minutes. Other types of x-ray examination may take longer.

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