X-Ray Scan
X-RAY SCAN
PARK AVENUE RADIOLOGISTS525 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10065
212-888-1000

X-Ray Scan

An X-ray (radiography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that utilizes a very small dose of ionizing radiation to create pictures of your body’s internal structures such as bones and organs. Your physician may order an X-ray to aid in the diagnosis of fractured bones, to evaluate a potential injury or infection, to locate foreign objects in your soft tissues, or to make certain you are healthy enough to move forward with a surgical procedure. X-rays are quick and painless and are helpful in determining if further imaging is necessary. X-ray technology has been used in medical imaging for decades because it can help radiologists see within your body without the need for surgery or incision. X-ray scans allow radiologists to detect and diagnose a variety of medical conditions and diseases.

What is X-ray imaging?

An X-ray (radiography) is a diagnostic imaging tool that utilizes a very small dose of ionizing radiation to create images of your body’s internal structures such as bones and organs. X-ray technology is widely used in a variety of medical imaging tests to provide accurate, precise results. X-ray imaging shows the parts of your body in black, white, and shades of gray. The variations in color are due to the fact that various tissues absorb different levels of radiation. Parts of the body that absorb the most radiation, such as the bones, appear white. On the other hand, tissues that absorb the least radiation, such as fat or soft tissues, appear dark gray. Finally, air absorbs the least radiation, which is why your lungs appear black on an X-ray scan.

What can an X-ray scan help diagnose?

Your physician may order an X-ray to aid in the diagnosis of fractured bones, to evaluate a potential injury or infection, to locate foreign objects in your soft tissues, or to make certain you are healthy enough to move forward with a surgical procedure. X-rays are quick and painless and are helpful in determining if further imaging is necessary. While X-rays are most commonly used to diagnose broken or fractured bones, they can also be used to detect and diagnose illnesses such as pneumonia. Additionally, mammograms, which use X-ray technology, can help detect breast lumps and diagnose breast cancer.

What can I expect from an X-ray scan?

When you undergo an X-ray scan, you may need to wear a lead vest that will protect certain parts of your body from radiation. X-ray scans are considered safe, effective medical imaging tools. Depending on what you are having scanned, you may be asked to change into a gown. X-rays scans are noninvasive and do not cause any pain or discomfort. Occasionally, a position that you may be asked to hold may feel uncomfortable. Our radiologists will help you find a comfortable position when taking an X-ray scan. Please notify a member of our staff if there is any possibility that you may be pregnant.

How long does an X-ray scan take, and when will I get my results?

Most X-ray scans are short and can be completed in just ten to fifteen minutes. The length of your X-ray scan may vary depending on what you are having treated or if you need multiple X-ray scans. If any X-ray results are unclear or show something suspicious, additional X-ray imaging or other medical imaging such as a CT scan or MRI scan may be necessary. Our team of expertly trained radiologists will begin to evaluate your X-rays results as quickly as possible. Once our radiologists have evaluated your X-ray results, they will send a copy of your results to your physician. Your physician will then contact you to discuss your X-rays results and treatment options.

How can I learn more about X-ray imaging?

Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss an X-ray scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com, or request an appointment online.

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