If your doctor or health care provider needs to examine the inside of your body, they may suggest an X-ray to create an image of your bones, internal organs, and tissues. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, the team offers convenient in-house imaging services for patients of all ages. If you need an X-ray, call Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic or make an appointment online today.
An X-ray is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses electromagnetic waves to create a picture of the inside of your body. The electromagnetic waves create black and white images of the bones, organs, and other tissues inside your body, which allow your health care provider to look for signs of injury and disease.
X-rays are most often used to identify bone fractures. However, your provider can also use X-rays to diagnose respiratory conditions, such as pneumonia. Mammograms are another common use of X-rays.
When you have an X-ray, you rest between two pieces of equipment that send and receive electromagnetic waves. The different types of tissue in your body absorb the radiation in the waves at different rates. The image is created by the amount of radiation that passes through your body onto the detector on the other side of your body. For example, the calcium in your bones absorbs a lot of the radiation, so little passes through your body, creating white shapes on the X-ray image.
X-rays are very safe and over the years advances in medical technology have reduced the amount of radiation needed to create clear and informative images. If you have concerns about X-rays, talk to your provider.
X-rays are painless and noninvasive. You can wear regular clothing to your appointment, although your provider will ask you to remove any eyeglasses, jewelry, or other metal objects before your scan. Your provider will let you know if you need to avoid eating or drinking prior to your X-ray.
During your X-ray, you rest on a treatment table between two parts of the X-ray machine. Your provider may drape parts of your body with a lead blanket to reduce your radiation exposure. When they turn on the machine, it sends the electromagnetic waves through your body. The X-ray detector on the other side of your body absorbs any radiation that passes through your body and creates an image of your internal bones and tissues.
The X-ray process usually only takes a few minutes. You will need to stay very still during the procedure. Your provider may uses pillows or cushions to support your body to create the best possible images.
If you need an X-ray, call Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic or make an appointment online today.