What is a diagnostic X-ray procedure?
A diagnostic X-ray is a procedure used to make radiographs (X-ray pictures) of the bones and internal organs of the body. Radiographs help physicians detect or rule out abnormalities and disease, such as pneumonia, broken bones or signs of cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in treating many illnesses.
Common Uses of Diagnostic X-ray Procedures
Your doctor may use diagnostic X-ray procedures to study the following:
- Head – tumors, cysts or circulation in the brain
- Chest – circulation and diseases of the heart and lungs
- Bones and Joints – fractures, dislocations, arthritis and evidence of healing
- Foreign Bodies – their exact location, size and type (i.e. coins, sharp objects, etc)
Before the Exam
Depending on the body part to be X-rayed, you may be asked to undress and put on a hospital gown. You will also be asked to remove any jewelry. (for your convenience, we would suggest that you leave jewelry at home).
Questions the Technologist May Ask
- Do you have allergies, asthma or diabetes?
- Are you pregnant or could you be pregnant?
During the Exam
The technologist will position you and ask you to remain still for the exposure. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds. The technologist will move in and out of the X-ray room while the films are processed.