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General X-Ray

What is an X-Ray?X-ray of hand

X-ray imaging (also called radiography) is the oldest and still the most commonly used technique in radiology. To take an x-ray, a part of the body is exposed to a very small amount of x-rays to produce pictures of inside your body. An x-ray can be used on almost every part of the body to examine your bones.

Why should I have an X-Ray?

This is a very easy and simple test that can X-ray of chesthelp your doctor to see your chest, abdomen, elbow, knee, shoulder, ankle, or other body part. This test requires an order from your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

How long will the exam take?

The test takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

What do I do before the exam?

There are no special preparations for this test. If you are pregnant, or could possibly be pregnant, please let us know. If you have any questions, please call our office at 743-0445.

What will the exam be like?

You may be asked to change into a gown and remove any jewelry. You will be escorted to the exam room and the technologist will position the body part to be examined. Several different pictures will be taken of your body part.

What happens with my test results?

One of our specially trained radiologists will study the x-ray films from your test and send a typed report to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. They can then discuss the results with you in detail.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

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