What is an X-RAY?

An X-RAY (Radiograph) is a common imaging test that allows your doctor to see inside your body. It is a photographic or digital image of the internal composition of something, especially a part of the body, produced by X-rays being passed through it and being absorbed to different degrees by different materials.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before undergoing a X-RAY exam.

Source: Orthoinfo.org

X-rays may not show as much detail as an image produced with more sophisticated techniques. They are, however, the most common imaging tool used to evaluate an orthopedic problem and set a baseline. Many orthopedic problems can be diagnosed and treated without additional exams helping to reduce cost.

The part of your body being pictured is positioned between the x-ray machine and photographic film or digital x-ray sensor. You have to hold still while the machine briefly sends electromagnetic waves (radiation) through your body, exposing the film to reflect your internal structure. The level of radiation exposure from x-rays is not harmful, but your doctor will take special precautions if you are pregnant.

Bones, calcifications, some tumors, and other dense matter appear white or light because they absorb the radiation. Less dense soft tissues and breaks in bone let radiation pass through, making these parts look darker on the x-ray film.

You will probably be x-rayed from several angles. If you have a fracture in one limb, your doctor may want a comparison x-ray of your uninjured limb. Your x-ray session will probably be finished in about 10 minutes. The images are ready quickly. Here at MRAD they are written to a CD to be viewed on a computer screen.

In some circumstances, a contrast material or dye may be injected into a joint while x-rays are taken. This procedure, which is called an “arthrogram,” helps to outline soft tissue structures in the joint. It may also confirm needle placement in the joint when fluid is removed or medication is injected into the joint. This will most likely increase the time of your appointment.


Setting up an appointment has never been easier. You can simply call one of your locations, or follow the steps below to schedule your X-RAY study.

We will call you the day before your appointment as a reminder of your upcoming X-RAY study.