An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that uses a small, very focused dose of radiation to capture an image of the body's internal workings. This small dose of x-ray is not harmful to your body.
Riverside uses an advanced form of x-ray imaging called "digital radiography." Digital x-rays are a new type of x-ray where the image is stored and viewed on a computer instead of a traditional "light box." Radiologists view the image on the computer and through a secure network, make it available to your doctors.
Advantages of X-Rays
X-rays can be taken quickly and are less expensive than other tests. Since Riverside's x-rays are stored electronically, Riverside doctors have immediate access to the test images and radiologists' report. A diagnosis and treatment plan can be developed much quicker than by using traditional x-rays.
X-rays are used to detect:
- Fractures, breaks, infection or disease in bones
- Stones in the urinary system
- Disease, fluid collection, pneumonia or cancer in the lungs
- Intestinal obstruction or fluid collection in the abdominal region
What to Expect When You Have an X-Ray
Most adults have several x-rays during their lives. They are fast, painless and do not require any preparation. You may be asked to stay still for a brief period while the picture or x-ray is taken.