X-Ray imaging is one of the biggest medical advances in history, developed over 100 years ago. X-Rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, in the same category as radio waves, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, and infrared radiation. When an X-ray is performed to detect broken bones or other bone conditions, a small amount of radiation is passed through the body before it strikes a sheet of film and reveals an image, just like a camera.
Ogden Physicians use X-rays to diagnose and monitor bone conditions including injuries. Bone is very dense and does not allow much radiation to penetrate it, resulting in the white imaging shown on the X-ray film. The spine, joints, skull, and extremities are frequently X-rayed since this technology can easily detect broken bones and even hairline fractures or chips in bone. X-ray imaging can also monitor the progression of degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
Generally, there is no preparation required for an X-ray. You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, hearing aids, or metal objects that may interfere with the procedure. Body parts not being imaged may be covered with a lead apron to shield exposure to the X-rays. When you are positioned correctly, the radiation technician will step behind a protective window to perform your X-rays. There is no special care following an X-ray.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, be sure to notify your Ogden Clinic provider before your X-ray. Radiation exposure during pregnancy can lead to birth defects.