X‑ray captures images from inside the body without requiring surgery and has been in use since the beginning of the 20th century. Digital X-ray is the most basic imaging tool, providing shorter exam time and better image quality than traditional film. X‑ray most commonly helps radiologists identify fractures and bone structures and is also used to identify diseases, such as lung infection (pneumonia) or kidney stones. Using only small amounts of radiation, X‑ray is more advanced and far safer than earlier generation methods. Filters, lead aprons, and barriers may be used to reduce radiation exposure as much as possible.
What is X-ray?
X-ray was discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen and is a type of electromagnetic radiation that produces an image when a small amount passes through the body. The resulting image appears in shades of black and white, because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation, depending on density. For example, bones and metal absorb the most X-ray, causing them to appear white; soft tissues and fat absorb less X-ray, appearing gray; and air absorbs the least, making lungs appear black. Together, these shades form an image of the X-rayed area. A contrast medium, such as iodine or barium, is used during some X-ray tests to provide even greater image detail.
For added convenience, we accept only walk-in X-ray appointments, and no advanced notice is required. Simply come in with your X-ray order Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5:15 pm, and we will be happy to assist you.
Learn how to prepare for your X-ray, or call 530.243.1297 for more information.