An X-ray, medically known as radiography, is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones. X-ray images of the skull, spine, joints and extremities are the most common. X-rays can show very fine hairline fractures or bone chips and can also show alignment and stabilization during the healing process.
Radiography involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of the internal organs. When x-rays penetrate the body, they are absorbed in varying amounts by different tissues. For example, ribs are dense and will block much of the radiation and will appear white or light gray on the image. Soft tissue such as the lungs will appear darker because more radiation can pass through it to expose the film.
X-rays at AMI do not require any special preparation. You will be asked to remove jewelry, eyeglasses or any metal objects that might be in the area to be examined.
Please inform your technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
Depending on the part being examined, the appointment can take anywhere from five minutes to a couple of hours.
A radiologist will interpret the x ray. The findings will be sent to the ordering provider and the patient portal who will then contact you with the results.
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