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Although x-ray is one of the oldest imaging modalities, it remains one of the most useful. Also known as radiography, X-ray uses low doses of radiation image various parts of the body.

X-rays are versatile and can be used for a variety of conditions. If your doctor requires you to get an X-ray, our imaging specialists at Hackensack Radiology Group are available to provide you with the highest level of service and care.

How Does X-Ray Work?

X-ray uses low-doses of radiation to image a specific body part that your physician is interested in. An experienced technologist will position you to obtain the diagnostic images. As the x-ray beam passes through the region of interest, some tissues block (absorb) the x-ray, while others allow it to pass through. This difference in tissue densities creates a digital x-ray image which will allow the radiologist to make your diagnosis.


Do I Need an X-Ray?

X-ray is an extremely useful tool that can help your physician diagnose or exclude certain medical conditions. Some of the most common uses of x-ray include:

  • Lung conditions (e.g. pneumonia)
  • Possible fractures
  • Joint disease, particularly arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal conditions

The Advantages of an X-Ray

X-ray studies remain the first-line and best screening study for many conditions. Advantages of x-ray include:

  • Ease of exam, accessible and relatively quick
  • Non-invasive and painless
  • No injections or ingestables
  • No preparation involved
  • Study of choice for initial evaluation of many conditions (fracture, pneumonia, arthritis, etc.)

FAQ and the Experience: Everything You Need To Know

What do I experience during and after the exam?

The X-ray experience is quick and painless. You will be positioned by the technologist for one or more images. There is no sensation or pain from the x-ray itself, and most studies take between 5-10 minutes.

There are no side effects or pain after an x-ray, and there are no activity restrictions following the exam.

How should I prepare for my exam?

No preparation is required for the vast majority of x-ray exams.

What are the risks of X-rays?

There is effectively no risk from a single x-ray exam. The amount of radiation exposure from a single exam is extremely small. If you have had numerous prior x-ray or CT studies and are concerned about excess exposure, please inform your physician and technologist.

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