Radiologists at AR have read thousands of x-rays
High tech equipment combined with the intellect and skills of our physicians provides you with exceptional service. Moreover, after your x-ray is electronically imaged by our technologist, the radiologist reviews the images and a report is dictated within minutes of being acquired. Your referring physician receives the report via fax the same day.
- About X-Ray
- About the Procedure
- Why Advanced Radiology
How Does an X-ray Work?
X-rays use waves of electromagnetic radiation to form images of organs and other structures inside the body. When applied to your body, the x-ray waves are absorbed in different amounts by different body tissues of different densities. For example, skin, fat, and muscle allow more x-rays to pass through, but bones are denser, and the calcium in the bone absorbs x-rays. Thus, bones look white on a film recording of the x-ray image, called a radiograph, fat and other tissues look gray because they absorb fewer x-rays, while the lungs look black because air absorbs the least number of x-rays.
How Long Does an X-ray Take?
Some x-rays take just a few minutes depending on how many views are needed. Longer procedures such as a barium enema or an upper GI series can take up to an hour or more.
Why Would I Need an X-ray?
X-rays are routine procedures used to check for cancer in adults. For example, a chest x-ray can detect lung cancer or a barium enema can detect colorectal cancer. They are more often, though, used to take pictures of bones that may be fractured or broken.
How Do I Prepare for an X-ray?
Each different type of x-ray procedure has its own specific preparation. X-rays of the digestive tract may require fasting or diet changes. All jewelry should be removed from the body part to be x-rayed.
How is it Done?
You will be asked to remove any clothing over the part of the body to be x-rayed. If necessary, you will be given a gown. A protective lead drape to shield the rest of your body from excess x-rays may also be used. A technician will position you to obtain the required views.
The x-ray machine will be positioned near your body so that the x-ray tube is aimed at the proper body area. The technician will stand behind a protective panel and activate the x-ray machine.
Are There Any Risks with X-ray?
Unprotected radiation can be harmful to growing children, pregnant women, and reproductive organs. Therefore, Advanced Radiology has strict policies to ensure your safety. We follow ALARA (as low as reasonably achieved) radiation policies when appropriate.
If you are a woman and there is a chance you could be pregnant, a pregnancy test should be done before an x-ray is taken, as it may affect a developing fetus. Each case, though, will be examined on an individual basis to ensure your safety.
How Soon After an X-ray is Taken at Advanced Radiology Will I Receive My Results?
After your x-ray is taken, it is electronically sent to our radiologists. Our radiologist dictates a report that is transcribed and faxed to your doctor within minutes. The report is usually in your doctor’s hands within two hours!
Why Choose Advanced Radiology Over Other Options?
Closely located to many of the physicians in town, you can visit your primary care physician then conveniently drive right down the street to our Imaging Center. Your privacy and care are our concern as you can drive right up and park at the front door. You avoid the “hospital” environment as you briefly lounge in our fireside waiting room and sip some complimentary coffee or tea. Our facility provides a comfortable, private environment with friendly technologists.
Your study is done efficiently and is reviewed by a board certified radiologist. Results are faxed or called to your doctor that day. We also often consult your doctor over the phone to eliminate miscommunications in your report. Once again, we offer fast, convenient, accurate, same day diagnostics for you and your family.