What is an X-Ray?
An X-ray is an invisible, painless type of radiation that passes through your body. We use X-ray machines to send the waves through parts of your body, which then produce images of your bones, joints, and softer tissues.
On an X-ray image, denser tissues like bone or metal implants appear as white, while softer tissues like organs show up darker shades of gray.
X-rays help us survey specific parts of your body and determine the best treatment options.
When Do You Need an X-Ray?
Your clinician will advise you when they think an X-ray is best. Sometimes it’s obvious when you’ve hurt yourself because there will be a clear cut, lump, or swelling. Other times, a professional can’t determine what’s wrong just by sight or touch alone.
This is when an X-ray can be helpful, as it allows us to see inside your body and get a clearer picture of what the problem could be.
As bones and joints show up very clearly with X-rays, X-ray images are usually used to examine:
What Does Having an X-Ray Involve?
Your clinician will use an X-ray machine to take images of certain parts of your body. Don’t worry; X-rays are not painful—they are invisible, and you can’t feel them.
When you are booked in for your X-ray, you will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing and take off any jewelry that might interfere with the final X-ray images.
We will position the X-ray plate against the body part to be imaged; the X-ray detector will be placed on the other side of your body so it can receive the X-ray waves and form the final images.
Sometimes you may have to sit at an uncomfortable or unnatural angle, but it’s no trouble; we will make sure to keep you as comfortable as possible, using supports like cushions to keep you positioned correctly.
You will need to sit fairly still to capture a clear image, but it only takes a few moments for your body to be X-rayed. Afterward, you can continue with your usual activities as there are no side effects.
After Your X-Ray Appointment
X-rays are available as digital images for us to examine—meaning the wait time for us to view them is only a few minutes. However, everyone’s injury or condition is different, so it may take us time to review the images and make a formal diagnosis.
We will always be transparent about how long it will be until you get your results.