X-Ray (Computed Radiology, CR)
CR sends small beams of energy (x-rays) through the body to create an image of injuries and various medical conditions. Dense objects, such as bones, block the x-rays and appear white in the final image.
How can I prepare for the exam?
The x-ray exam is quick and painless and usually requires no special preparation.
What should I expect during the exam?
You may be asked to lie down on a table, sit in a chair, or stand. A technologist will help position you properly. The exam will take around 15 minutes.
Is the x-ray exam safe?
Yes. We always use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to create a quality image. The benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the small risk. Please let the technologist know if you are pregnant.