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Digital Radiography (X-Ray) at Radiology Associates of Norwood

Digital Radiography X-Ray At Radiology Associates of NorwoodAn X-ray is a painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body - particularly your bones.

X-ray beams pass through your body, but are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, show up as white on X-rays. The air in your lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.

Improved Speed and Reduced Radiation

Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency (no chemical processing required) and the ability to digitally transfer - we can download images to disk for you to take to your physician - and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image.

Digital Radiography X-Ray At Radiology Associates of NorwoodYour primary care physician may order radiographic assessment to investigate the cause of problems or symptoms you are experiencing. X-ray examination can be a useful screening tool on its own, and can also complement findings from other tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans. Significant findings on X-rays may determine the need for additional studies and may provide your physicians with information to help them decide which type of test would be indicated.

What to Expect During Your Exam

Your physician may order X-rays taken while you are standing, lying down, stretching, bending, or bearing weight.

Our technologist will position your body to obtain the views requested by your physician. The technologist may use pillows to help you hold the position. You remain still and sometimes hold your breath for a few seconds to avoid moving so the image won't blur.

The X-ray procedure may take from a few minutes for a bone X-ray to more than an hour for more-involved procedures, such as those using a contrast medium.

You can't feel an X-ray.

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