These images can be sent quickly to workstations where a radiologist will interpret and render a result. The images can also be viewed via the Internet from remote locations, such as a physician's office, home or from PC/workstations within the hospitals.
What are X-rays?
An X-ray is a painless, noninvasive radiology procedure that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs on film or digital media. Standard X-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries.
What happens during an X-ray?
In general, an X-ray procedure follows this process:
You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry which might interfere with examination. You may be given a gown to wear.
You will be positioned on an X-ray table that carefully positions the part of the body that is to be X-rayed - between the X-ray machine and a cassette containing the X-ray film or specialized image plate. Some may be performed with the patient in a sitting or standing position.
Body parts not being imaged may be covered with a lead apron (shield) to avoid exposure to the X-rays.The X-ray beam will be focused on the area to be photographed.
You must remain very still or the image will be blurred.
The technologist will step behind a protective window and the image is taken.
Depending on the body part under study, various X-rays may be taken at different angles, such as the front and side view during a chest X-ray.
New dose reduction protocols are now in place for all extremity and spine X-rays. These protocols yield a 30% reduction in radiation dose for these procedures, and they are in use at all PinnacleHealth Imaging locations
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For our patients benefit, we offer a Picture Archiving System (PACS) so your doctor can see your image from any remote location (even at home) and in turn, you can get treated faster.
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