xray machineAn X-Ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

An x-ray can take images of any bone in the body, including the hand, wrist, arm, foot, ankle, knee, leg or spine. It is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones and joint or spine injuries.

X-Ray Scan Preparation

X-Ray Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Will it hurt?
No. An x-ray is a painless procedure although you may experience some discomfort due to the necessity to hold still in a particular position. The technologist will assist you in finding the most comfortable position possible that still ensures x-ray image quality.

How long will it take?
An x-ray is usually completed within 5 to 10 minutes. Following the imaging, you will be asked to wait while the technologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained. This process typically takes an additional 5 to 10 minutes.

Do I need a prescription to have an x-ray?
Yes. You will need to bring a written order for the x-ray from your doctor or have your doctor’s office fax the prescription to us prior to your arrival.

Should I make an appointment?
Yes. Our goal is to provide quick, efficient service for you. If you have an appointment, we can assure you of the most expedient visit possible. Most appointments can be scheduled for the same day. If you are unable to call for an appointment, we will do everything possible to provide your services as quickly as we can around the scheduled appointments.

Can a family member be in the x-ray room with me?
Concerns about unnecessary radiation exposure do not allow us to permit anyone other than the patient and the technologist to be in the exam room unless it is deemed necessary by the technologist.

How long does it take to get my results?
After the scan is completed, the technologist will develop the films and give them to our radiologist. He will study the films and dictate a report which will be sent to your doctor who ordered the procedure. This process usually takes from 24 to 48 hours.