An X-ray, or 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 the newest 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, can 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 reports from the radiologists. 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.