X-Ray (Digital)

What is an X-ray?

The X-ray is the original form of diagnostic imaging. X-rays are invisible beams of electromagnetic energy that can pass through your body. They are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they encounter. Denser materials such as bone and metal show up as white on x-rays while the air inside the lungs shows up as black. Fat and muscle appear as varying shades of grey.

What is a digital X-ray?

A digital plate not film, transfers the image into an electric format. Digital X-ray converts the X-rays that pass through the body more efficiently than film hence allowing less exposure for the same image quality. Digital X-ray equipment provides superior image quality at lower radiation doses in comparison to older technologies.

What part of the anatomy is examined by a digital X-ray?

X-ray is frequently used to assess bones and joints as well as chest radiographs to image heart and major blood vessel, lungs and rib cage.

What are the risks and complications of a digital X-ray?

Digital X-rays use less radiation, lowering the probability of any negative side effects.

Your referring doctor considers the risks of having the X-ray against the benefits. The information gained from an X-ray, with early diagnosis and treatment may have greater health benefits.

Preparation for a digital X-ray?

X-ray requires little or no preparation. At the time of booking, you will be told if there is any specific preparation required. An appointment is not required for an X-ray.

What does the radiographer need to know before a digital X-ray?

You should alert your radiographer if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.

What should you bring for a digital X-ray?

Your doctor may ask you to bring along any previous X-ray images you have for comparison. Everything else that is needed for the exam will be supplied by the radiographer.

What should you wear for a digital X-ray?

You may need to remove any metallic items, such as jewellery, watches, eyewear and belts, as these items can show up on the X-ray.

You may be asked to remove any clothing obstructing the area to be X-rayed and given a medical gown to wear instead, so you should try and wear something that is comfortable and easy to remove.

What is the procedure for a digital X-ray?

X-ray takes a few minutes to an hour depending on the referring doctor’s request. Several different angles may be required in either a standing or lying position.

The most important thing is to listen to the radiographer and follow their instructions.

What are the recovery details for a digital X-ray?

Patients will be able to return to normal activities straight away.

Will I be able to drive home after a digital X-ray?

Patients should be able to drive home immediately after a digital X-ray.