Digital X-Ray

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Digital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging in which image sensors are used in place of traditional film – much like the difference between film and digital cameras. The images themselves are comparable to traditional X-rays, but digital radiography saves time by avoiding chemical film processing. Just as importantly, digital X-rays require less radiation than traditional X-rays. Like other X-ray techniques, digital radiography is safe, painless and noninvasive.

How It Works

A focused beam of X-ray particles passes through the body, and different tissues absorb X-rays at different rates. Dense tissues, such as bones and metal, appear white or light gray on the X-ray image because they absorb most of the radiation and allow fewer X-rays to pass through. Softer tissues, like muscles and organs, appear darker because they allow more X-rays to pass through and strike the detector.

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Reasons for Digital X-Ray

X-ray imaging is valuable for diagnosing and monitoring a variety of conditions, including:

  • Fractures and Bone Conditions: X-rays are commonly used to detect and assess broken bones, joint dislocations, and conditions like osteoporosis.
  • Infections: X-rays can show infections in the lungs (such as pneumonia), teeth, and other parts of the body.
  • Chest Imaging: X-rays are often used to diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the lungs and chest, including lung cancer, tuberculosis, and conditions related to the heart and blood vessels.
  • Digestive System Issues: X-rays can detect issues in the digestive system, such as gastrointestinal obstructions, ulcers, and inflammation.
  • Dental Problems: Dental X-rays are used by dentists to identify cavities, gum diseases, and issues with tooth roots.
  • Soft Tissue Conditions: While X-rays are not as detailed as some other imaging techniques for soft tissues, they can still be used to identify certain abnormalities, such as tumors.

It’s important to note that while X-rays are valuable for diagnostic purposes, they use ionizing radiation, which can potentially damage cells and increase the risk of cancer if a person is exposed to large doses over time. Therefore, medical professionals carefully weigh the benefits of X-ray imaging against the potential risks, especially in the case of pregnant women and young children. Safety precautions, such as shielding and minimizing radiation exposure, are taken to reduce the risks associated with X-ray procedures.

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Why Choose American Health Imaging

American Health Imaging (AHI) collaborates with 99% of insurance plans for X-ray imaging, offering scans at significantly lower costs compared to hospital-based imaging, up to 60% less. We prioritize your convenience, providing same day and next day appointments. Many of our locations have extended and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule. At AHI, we offer compassionate and accessible imaging services. Our friendly technologists will guide you through your appointment, ensuring a seamless experience. While fellowship-trained, subspecialty radiologists will provide your doctors with clear and precise results to aid in making an accurate diagnosis.*

X-Ray Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect during my X-ray exam?

X-ray exams are safe, quick and pain-free. When you arrive, you’ll first change into a medical gown free of zippers and metallic snaps, and your technologist will escort you into an exam room.

Depending upon the body part being imaged, you will then sit, stand or lie on a table near the X-ray device. Your technologist will position the device to take the most accurate images possible, most likely from several angles. Regardless of the number of images, however, you won’t feel a thing.

Once your initial images are taken, your technologist will quickly review them to determine whether any re-shoots or different positions are required. Once they’ve obtained the images necessary for an accurate, high-quality study, you’ll be free to leave.

How long will my X-rays take?

X-ray exams range from 5 to 25 minutes, depending upon the body part and number of images required. A radiologist will interpret the images as soon as they’re ready, and their report will be sent to your physician within 24 hours typically.*

How do I prepare for an X-ray?

Very little preparation is required for an x-ray exam. You may choose to avoid clothing with zippers and snaps, but if your clothes have any metal, you’ll be able to change into a medical gown before your exam. If your exam requires the use of a contrast dye, we will provide additional instructions several days prior to your appointment.

If you are pregnant, or if there is a possibility that you are pregnant, it is important to tell your physician and technologist before your exam.

Do you need to schedule a X-Ray?

American Health Imaging offers same-day and next-day appointment options to make getting an imaging scan convenient. Get a referral from your doctor, find the American Health Imaging center closest to you, and then call to schedule an imaging appointment.