What is an X-ray?
An x-ray is a painless and highly accurate diagnostic test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Today’s X-ray systems use very minimal amounts of radiation – making it one of the safest diagnostic procedures. It is also the oldest and most commonly used technique for imaging.
What is a Digital X-ray?
Digital x-ray is a diagnostic technique that allows for the x-rays taken to be stored digitally, instead of on films. This new technology now offered at Sutter Buttes Imaging gives our radiologists the opportunity to manipulate the digital images for more precise viewing and diagnosis. For patients, digital x-ray means less exposure to radiation. For referring physicians, it means easier and quicker access to their patients’ images.
What to Expect?
You will be asked to remain still during the exposure time. If necessary, you will have to hold your breath to prevent the images from blurring. Once the technologist determines that the images are acceptable, you are free to go. Typically a study can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes depending on what part of the body is being x-rayed.