X-ray imaging is the fastest, easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, such as skull fractures and spinal injuries. We take at least two images, from different angles, and often three images if the problem is around a joint: knee, elbow or wrist.
What to expect during your exam
This is a painless procedure. The primary discomfort may come from the coldness of the recording plate. Individuals with arthritis or injuries to the chest wall, shoulders, or arms may have discomfort trying to maintain position for the chest x-ray. In these circumstances, the technologist will assist you in finding a position that still ensures diagnostic image quality.
Preparation for your exam
This procedure requires no special preparation. Women should always inform their doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.