What Should I Know About X-rays?

X-rays are one of the most beneficial medical tools. Not only can they help diagnose bone breaks and fractures sustained at various UT sports camps and other camps and outings in the area, but they can also help you learn about the state of your digestive system, can alert you of internal infections and can identify signs of breast cancer.

To learn more about X-rays and their uses, check out the additional info from our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team below.

How Does An X-ray Work?

An X-ray examination creates images of your internal organs or bones to help diagnose conditions or injuries. A special machine emits a small amount of ionizing radiation, which passes through the body and is captured on a special device to produce the image, which will usually appear on film or digitally.

We’ve listed a few ways X-rays are used below.

More Uses of X-rays

  • To detect injury to bones such as fractures
  • To identify bone deformities
  • To verify healing of bones
  • To verify healing after surgical implants such as knee and hip replacements
  • To verify placement of other medical devices, such as catheters

How Does the Process Work?

Every radiographer and doctor does things a little differently, but the gist of the process remains the same. A standard X-ray will only take a few minutes, while other types of X-rays, such as a CT scan or mammogram, can take a little longer.

We’ve listed the steps of how a typical X-ray exam goes below.

Typical X-ray Process

  • The radiographer will require proper positioning for the exam. You may be asked to stand up, lie down or sit down.
  • The radiographer will place you between the X-ray machine and the imaging device that captures the X-rays being transmitted through that part of your body.
  • The radiographer may shield parts of your body with an apron or smock. This is to reduce the risk of unnecessary radiation exposure.
  • The radiographer operates the controls while each image is taken. To do this, they will stand behind a screen and call instructions to you if necessary.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath for a couple of seconds as each picture is taken so that the breathing movement doesn’t blur the images.

Getting an X-ray can seem like an intimidating process, but it’s usually quite easy! If you need an X-ray or other general medical care, our AFC Urgent Care Fountain City team is here for you!