What You Need to Know Before Your X-ray

In Articles, X-Ray by addisonclark

Before going for your next X-ray, there are a few things you might want to know. You may have been asked to get an X-ray to diagnose a broken bone, infection, or even to identify a foreign object in your body. It’s a relatively simple test, but it can become the catalyst for ensuring you receive the care you need. Where you go to have your X-rays done and, most importantly, who reads your results can make all the difference.

How does an X-Ray work?

X-rays are the most common form of radiology. An X-ray machine delivers a beam of invisible electromagnetic energy that passes through the body onto an image recording plate. Images are recorded digitally.

X-rays are non-invasive and completely pain-free. Pictures are taken with a low level of radiation. Still, leaded vests and collars are typically placed over the parts of the body that are not being X-rayed. It is recommended that pregnant women avoid getting an X-ray.

Anatomy of the X-ray image

Different body parts absorb X-ray beams at varying levels. Soft tissue such as muscle, fat, or blood will appear dark gray as they allow beams to pass through. Structures that are more solid or dense, such as bone or tumors, do not allow most of the beams to pass through. That’s why they appear white. A break in a bone will appear as a dark line since the X-ray beams pass through the fractured area.

Why your Radiologist is important

Getting your X-rays done by experts can make an impact on your care. It’s crucial to find a radiology practice with Board Certified Radiologists who are Fellowship Trained in the particular subspecialty you need. When a highly-skilled specialist interprets your images, you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing that your results are accurate.

Having a Radiologist who is accessible and available to your doctor is also vital. Look for a Radiologist who is available to consult with your referring physicians and provide insights about managing your care.

Getting your X-ray at Dominion Imaging

At Dominion Imaging, you’ll have access to on-site Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Radiologists without having to step foot in a hospital.

Dominion Imaging is an outpatient medical facility specifically dedicated to X-ray and ultrasound imaging. That means more experts and less wait time to get what you need.

X-rays are provided on a walk-in basis during all regular office hours. No appointment is necessary. Dominion Imaging is conveniently located in the West End at 6600 West Broad St., Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23230. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM. To find out more about getting your X-ray at Dominion Imaging, call (804) 486-4635.