A tried and true imaging study for a variety of conditions
Although x-ray is one of the oldest imaging modalities, it remains one of the most useful. Also known as radiography, X-ray uses low doses of radiation image various parts of the body.
X-rays are versatile and can be used for a variety of conditions. If your doctor requires you to get an X-ray, our imaging specialists at Hackensack Radiology Group are available to provide you with the highest level of service and care.
How Does X-Ray Work?
X-ray uses low-doses of radiation to image a specific body part that your physician is interested in. An experienced technologist will position you to obtain the diagnostic images. As the x-ray beam passes through the region of interest, some tissues block (absorb) the x-ray, while others allow it to pass through. This difference in tissue densities creates a digital x-ray image which will allow the radiologist to make your diagnosis.
Do I Need an X-Ray?
X-ray is an extremely useful tool that can help your physician diagnose or exclude certain medical conditions. Some of the most common uses of x-ray include:
- Lung conditions (e.g. pneumonia)
- Possible fractures
- Joint disease, particularly arthritis
- Gastrointestinal conditions
The Advantages of an X-Ray
X-ray studies remain the first-line and best screening study for many conditions. Advantages of x-ray include:
- Ease of exam, accessible and relatively quick
- Non-invasive and painless
- No injections or ingestables
- No preparation involved
- Study of choice for initial evaluation of many conditions (fracture, pneumonia, arthritis, etc.)