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Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.

Radiographs are useful in the detection of pathology of the skeletal system as well as for detecting some disease processes in soft tissue. Some notable examples are the very common chest X-ray, which can be used to identify lung diseases such as pneumonia, lung cancer or pulmonary edema, and the abdominal x-ray, which can detect bowel (or intestinal) obstruction, free air (from visceral perforations) and free fluid (in ascites). X-rays may also be used to detect pathology such as gallstones (which are rarely radiopaque) or kidney stones which are often (but not always) visible. Traditional plain X-rays are less useful in the imaging of soft tissues such as the brain or muscle.

There is little to do when preparing for an X-ray, but learning more about the process can lessen any anxiety you may be experiencing. Although the procedure will vary depending on the type of X-ray you need, there are some things you can expect as you prepare.

HOW WILL I LEARN ABOUT THE RESULTS?
The radiologist, a physician specialist, will study the results of your exam and discuss them with your doctor, who will then consult you.

ARE THERE ANY CONDITIONS I NEED TO MAKE KNOWN?
It is important to notify the person performing the test of any illness, allergy, or previous drug reaction.

Under certain conditions, specialized X-Rays require dietary restrictions provided by the physician.
 

It is important to notify the person performing the test of any illness, allergy, or previous drug reaction.


   

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