What is the x-ray or x-ray?
It is a form of radiation, such as light or radio waves, this radiation passes through most objects. The radiation focus on a specific part of the body, crosses it and produces a digital image that is stored electronically.
How is it done?
An x-ray requires no special preparation. You will be asked to remove some of your clothes and to wear a gown during the exam. The professional will indicate the patient to place him/herself in the most appropriate position to be able to visualize the area to be explored. Once in the correct position, lying on a stretcher or standing, the image will be obtained.
You may also be asked to remove jewelry, removable dental appliances, eye glasses and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the x-ray images.
The technician will repeat the procedure as many times as needed. At the end of the test, the patient will be asked to wait until they can verify that the quality of the images is adequate.
What discomfort can an x-ray cause?
An x-ray usually does not cause any type of pain.
Are there risks linked to the test?
- Women should always inform their doctor or physician and x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the fetus to radiation. If an x-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
- There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk.
- The effective radiation dose for this procedure varies.
Possible radiography and x-ray tests at the Hostafrancs Medical Center
- Face and neck
- Interventional diagnosis
- Bones, joints and muscles
- Female and male pelvis
The radiography service (x-ray) or also called diagnostic imaging is given in collaboration with the renowned Manchón Group.