Diagnostic Radiology (X-ray)
MemorialCare Imaging Center - San Clemente offers prompt appointment scheduling and fast results for diagnostic radiology (X-ray).
X-ray is the 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
Chest X-ray of the heart, lungs and bones
Unlike most forms of radiation, X-rays can pass through body tissue, making it possible to provide images of internal structures without performing surgery to see inside the body. 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
- Abdominal X-rays
- Bone X-rays
- Chest X-rays
- General Radiology
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.