Standard x-rays are performed for many reasons, from analyzing bone injuries to diagnosing tumors. X-rays use external radiation to produce images of the body, its organs and other internal structures for diagnostics purposes. X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. On the resulting image, structures that are dense (such as bone) will appear white on the image, while structures containing air will be black. Muscle, fat and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
What can I expect during an exam?
Upon entering the room, the x-ray technologist will assist you in getting situated and comfortable on or beside the table. As the exam begins, the technologist may ask you to adjust your position in order to capture the desired images. As each image is captured, the technician will step away from the table and activate the x-ray. The exam is quick and painless.
Will I be exposed to radiation?
You will be exposed to a low dose of radiation during an x-ray. Our technologists are trained to use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to produce the desired images.
How long will the exam take?
Most x-ray exams take a few minutes, but could take longer depending on the area of the body to be captured and the number of images to be taken.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No special preparation is required.
How will I know the results?
Following your exam, a radiologist will analyze and interpret the images and prepare a full report. This report will be sent directly to your physician, who will share the results with you. To request a copy of the report, you may contact your physician’s office, or Medical Arts Hospital’s Medical Records Department at 806-872-2183.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Unlike other imaging exams that require an appointment, Medical Arts Diagnostic Imaging sees patients for x-ray exams without an appointment. However, a physician referral is required.
What do I need to bring with me on the day of the exam?
You will need to bring the order your physician gave you, a form of personal identification, and any insurance of Medicare information.