An x-ray is a simple and painless test. Doctors often order an x-ray to see if you've broken or fractured a bone. X-rays also help diagnose many other conditions, like pneumonia, a blockage in the intestines and certain cancers.
At Luminis Health, we offer x-rays on a walk-in basis. That means when your doctor says you need an x-ray, you can head straight over to our x-ray technologists.
What Is an X-ray?
An x-ray is an imaging test to see inside the body. The x-ray machine sends radiation beams through the body and a sensor captures the beams on the other side.
While radiation may sound alarming, one x-ray of a limb exposes you to the same amount of radiation you'd get from being in the sun for three hours. And we don't mean three hours of lying on a beach, but three hours of going about your day outside.
So how does the x-ray produce an image? Bones and denser tissues block the radiation, but it passes through most soft tissue. A computer then turns the captured radiation beams into an image.
Bones show up white on the x-ray scan, while air-filled structures, like the lungs, show up black. Dense tissues or fluid-filled infections also appear white, but they're less dense than bones.
Depending on why you need it, you may get an x-ray of a limb, the abdominal area or your chest.
Why Choose Luminis Health for Your Imaging Needs?
A leading diagnostic imaging center, we are a pioneer of innovative technologies to improve image quality and safety. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited all our labs. This means we meet the highest standards for training, equipment and safety procedures in the country.
We're also proud to be part of the ACR's Image Wisely and Image Gently pledges. By supporting these initiatives, we agree to always use the lowest radiation dosages possible.
Finally, we don't like to waste your time. By offering walk-in x-rays, we make sure you can get the health information you need and get on with your day.
What to Expect at Your X-Ray
Your health care provider directs you to our x-ray area. Depending on the x-ray, you may need to change into a hospital gown or you may keep on your regular clothes. The technologist asks you to remove any objects, like belts, that might affect the image.
If you're getting an abdominal x-ray, you'll lie down on the x-ray table. For an x-ray of the wrist, you'll just put your arm on the table. For a chest x-ray, you might be lying down or standing.
Your x-ray images are ready immediately and we'll send them to your doctor to interpret. Your doctor may discuss the results with you right away or at a later appointment.