Digital X-ray involves exposing a body part to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of an internal organ. An X-ray image is produced when a small amount of radiation passes through the body and strikes an image sensitive plate placed on the other side of the body. This film is then placed in a developing machine to produce images.
X-ray images were the first form of medical imaging and have been refined to be safer than ever, delivering images that are more detailed than ever before. Fair Lawn’s diagnostic imaging can help your doctors make the best decisions about your health.
Depending on the purpose of the X-ray, it can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. During the X-ray procedure, the patient will be properly positioned under the X-ray machine to ensure accurate imaging of the affected area. This process may be repeated for additional views of region and the patient may be instructed to change positions.
X-ray equipment emits only a small amount of radiation. The risks of radiation exposure are, therefore, quite limited and the chance that X-rays will cause cell damage or mutation is extremely low. Because a fetus is more susceptible to harm from radiation, pregnant woman must inform their doctors before having X-rays.
X-ray Scans with Contrast
If contrast material has been administered, patients may experience a feeling of warmth in certain parts of the body or a metallic taste in the mouth. It is also possible that some patients will be allergic to the contrast dye. Rarely, such a reaction may be severe, but radiologists are prepared for such a contingency.
There is no preparation necessary and the patient may resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
X-ray with Barium Enema:
Before a barium enema exam, you’ll be instructed to empty your colon. Any residue in your colon may obscure the X-ray images or be mistaken for an abnormality.
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