X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging used to diagnose conditions in the chest, bone, sinuses, skull, or spine. It is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones and can also be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases.
How Radiology (X-ray) Works
Unlike most forms of radiation, X-rays can pass through body tissue, making it possible to provide images of internal structures without performing surgery. During the procedure, electromagnetic radiation passes through the body onto film. Dense structures such as bone absorb most of the radiation and appear white on developed film. Structures that are less dense appear in lighter shades of gray and black.
Types of X-rays
Different types of X-rays are offered at specific imaging center locations, some include:
- Abdominal X-rays
- Bone X-rays
- Chest X-rays
- General Radiology
- Intravenous Pyelography (IVP) – Evaluations of the kidneys, ureter, and bladder.
Are X-rays Safe?
There is little reason to worry about the small amount of radiation you will be exposed to when you receive an X-ray. However, for your safety certain questions may be asked, e.g “Are you pregnant or suspect that you may be?”. Signs are posted reminding you that you should inform your physician or technologist before the test is performed, as special precautions may need to be taken.
Various X-Ray Machines:
Siemens 1000 mA X-Ray Machine, Samsung 800 mA Digital Radiography X-Ray Machine, Siemens 500 mA X-Ray Machine, Transmed 500 mA X-Ray Machine, Allergen Medical System 500 mA X-Ray Machine, Samsung 300 mA X-Ray Machine, Transmed 200 mA X-Ray Machine, Siemens Healthcare Mobile X-Ray
Conditions Diagnosed by X-ray
- Bone Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
There is no special preparation required for most x-rays. Upon arrival you may be asked by the radiographer to change into a gown before your examination. You may also be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images.
You will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation when you receive an x-ray. At Perth Radiological Clinic, we use advanced digital x-ray equipment to ensure you are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation needed to obtain adequate images.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your doctor or radiographer before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken.
Please bring any previous x-rays with you on the day of your examination.