X-rays create images using a small dose of radiation. The different structures inside your body allow varying amounts of X-ray beams to go through them, creating images in shades of light and dark.
Though X-rays can reveal some soft tissue problems, they’re the gold standard of diagnostic imaging for problems affecting your bones.
If you recently suffered an injury, have an orthopedic or podiatric condition, or you have a chronic pain condition, you may need X-rays to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Common symptoms that often signal the need for an X-ray include swelling, inflammation, bruising, pain, and difficulty using the affected area.
Spring Hospital frequently takes X-rays to diagnose broken bones, determine the severity of a fracture, and decide the best treatment. X-rays are also used to follow your progress after treatment for a broken bone.
Beyond diagnosing and treating fractures, X-rays also:
X-rays also guide orthopedic surgeries such as spine surgery, joint replacements, and fracture reductions.
When you get an X-ray, you’re positioned on an X-ray table, either lying down, sitting, or standing, depending on the part of your body that needs the X-ray.
The part of your body that doesn’t need X-raying is covered with a lead apron to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure.
The X-ray film or digital recording plate is placed under the table while the X-ray machine is positioned above or beside your body, depending on the angle or view needed for your image.
Then the X-ray technician walks behind a protective window or goes into an adjoining room to take the X-ray. It’s essential to stay still while they take the X-ray. If you move, the image comes out blurry.
In most cases, you need several X-rays taken from different angles. But the entire procedure shouldn’t take more than about 10 minutes.
Traditional X-rays are safe but digital X-rays significantly reduce your exposure to radiation. Digital X-rays also don’t need time to process, they’re immediately visible on a monitor, and digital enhancement of the image is possible for a more accurate view.
When you need X-rays, call Spring Hospital to schedule an appointment.