What Is a Digital X-Ray?
A digital X-ray is a diagnostic exam that passes a beam of electromagnetic radiation through your body. Dense substances, like bone, absorb most of the radiation and show up white on the x-ray, while less dense substances, like skin and muscle, absorb very little and show up grey. In traditional x-rays, the beam was absorbed by photographic plates, which were developed into images, but digital x-rays use digital sensors instead.
When Is a Digital X-Ray Used?
Digital X-rays are the most common and most frequently used form of medical imaging, used whenever a doctor needs to examine your internal organs in order to evalutate an injury or to diagnose an illnesses. Though they're often used to assess broken bones, digital X-rays can also be to diagnose and monitor a wide range of other diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, blocked arteries, sinuse problems, and cancer.
What Happens During a Digital X-Ray Procedure?
When you arrive at our x-ray center, you will be asked to asked to lie down on an exam table or stand in front of the X-ray machine, depending on what part of your body is being scanned. You may also be asked to change into a medical gown and to remove anything that might obscure the image, such as jewelry or eyeglasses.
What Are the Benefits and Risks of X-Rays?
Digital X-rays make it easy for doctors to assess injuries and illnesses without performing surgery. They can be performed with very little preparation, allowing doctors to diagnose certain conditions very quickly. They are painless and though they use a small amount of radiaiton, it poses absolutely no danger to your health.
How Do You Schedule a Digital X-Ray?
If you're interested in scheduling a digital X-ray in Glendale, please enter your contact information on our appointments page.