X-ray (radiography) is a quick, safe and painless test that produces images of bones, lungs, soft tissues and internal organs. The images produced help your doctor to diagnose and treat bone fractures, arthritis, pneumonia, kidney stones and many other conditions involving the chest, abdomen, and musculoskeletal system.
During an x-ray, beams are produced by a special x-ray tube, sort of like a supercharged light bulb. The beams are sent through the body to highly specialized digital sensor plates, similar to those in a digital camera, only much larger. Different parts of the body absorb the x-rays in varying degrees. Dense materials like bones appear white on an x-ray, while soft tissue such as fat and muscle are varying shades of gray. Lungs are mostly filled with air and appear almost black.
A computer then processes and records the images taken without any film being utilized. These electronically stored images are easily accessible and can be compared to other x-ray studies as needed.
Technology / Equipment
Mid-Delaware Imaging offers leading edge digital x-ray technology which offers the most comfortable exams with the least amount of radiation. All x-ray studies are performed on a walk-in basis with no appointments necessary, however, appointments are welcome to minimize wait time.
There are several important advantages of digital x-ray over film x-ray (conventional radiography). During a digital x-ray, images are recorded on digital image capture devices much like a digital camera. These images can immediately be stored, viewed, enhanced or transferred. During a film x-ray, the film must be developed in a dark room which takes much longer, and the images are not in digital format. More importantly, digital x-ray uses less radiation and produces clearer images with better contrast and resolution.
Bring with you to the appointment:
- Prescription from your doctor.
- Current insurance card.
- Picture identification.
- Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay.
Present your prescription, insurance card and identification at the front desk. If any forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.
Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:
- Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- Have any metal in your body.
- Have any relevant studies from another facility. We like to compare the new x-ray study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
The technologist will position your body based on the type of x-ray being performed. You may be asked to stand, sit or lie down on the x-ray table. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvis or breasts to protect from radiation. The part of your body being evaluated will be exposed to radiation for a fraction of a second to create the image.
Our radiologic technologists are trained to use the least amount of radiation possible to produce an image that will help with diagnosis. During a digital x-ray, the amount of radiation received is extremely low. Furthermore, our modern digital x-ray systems have tightly controlled x-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize radiation.
After The Exam
One of our board certified radiologists interprets your images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which will be available to your referring doctor within 24 hours. Additionally, our radiologists are available for personal consultation if requested. Your physician will consider the radiologist's interpretation of your scan in the context of your overall care.
If you would like additional information on this procedure, we recommend visiting the X-ray section of RadiologyInfo.org.