What is an X-ray?

X-ray technology has been around since 1895 when it was discovered by a German Physicist named Wilhelm Roentgen. X-rays are radiation waves which can pass through your body and create images of your internal body organs, tissues and bone.

Why do I need to have an X-ray?

Your bones (as well as some tissues and organs) don’t allow the X-ray waves to pass through them, and this creates images which are captured on X-ray film. X-rays are an effective way to create images of your bones, skull and some other organs. It is especially useful for looking at bone alignment and detail.

How is this test performed?

The Technologist may ask you to change into a hospital gown. Depending on the test being performed, you may be asked to stand or lie down. Most likely, the Technologist will take images from both the front and the side. The test itself is relatively quick and painless. It takes about 5 to 15 minutes to perform this test.



Do I need to do anything to prepare for this test?

In most cases, there is very little you need to do to prepare for your test. Depending on the type of test you are having, the Technologist may ask you to change into a hospital gown. You should avoid wearing any jewelry or other metal objects during your test.

When will I get the results of my test?

Once the test is completed, your Physician will review the results. If your appointment is the same day as your test, your Physician may review them with you at that time. Otherwise, most test results are reviewed with you at your next scheduled appointment.

Are there risks involved in this test?

You will be exposed to a minor amount of radiation, but not nearly enough to cause any harm or permanent damage.