Digital x-ray (radiography) uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the body’s internal structures. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. They are often used to help diagnose fractured bones, look for injury or infection and locate foreign objects in soft tissue. Some x-ray exams may use an iodine-based contrast material or barium to help improve the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels, tissues or bones.
Women should inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Patient lockers are available for jewelry and other valuable items, however you are encouraged to leave all jewelry at home during procedures.
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