Healthcare Services and Programs
What are General X-ray Services?
Your doctor may order an X-ray to diagnose an injury or illness. A small amount of radiation is focused on a specific part of the body. The X-rays pass through the body and are recorded on film or a TV. General X-ray machines are designed to capture images for a wide range of applications to help doctors make the best possible diagnosis.
When is an X-ray used?
Your doctor may order an X-ray to detect or rule out certain problems. General X-ray machines are used for a wide range of purposes from the identification of broken bones to the detection of cancer. X-rays may also be used to monitor the progress of a treatment routine to be sure that the treatment is achieving the desired outcome.
How do I prepare for common X-ray procedures?
Preparation varies depending upon the type of procedure that your doctor ordered. Be sure to discuss preparations with your physician or call the Imaging Center where your X-ray has been scheduled. It is a good precaution to advise your physician if there is a chance that you might be pregnant.
What happens during the procedure?
You may be asked to change into a hospital gown if the clothes you are wearing will interfere with the image. Some procedures may require the use of contrast medium, which may be administered orally, by IV or injection. You will be positioned on the X-ray machine and asked to remain still while the image is being taken. The technologist will talk you through the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.
What happens after the procedure?
There are no steps to take after the procedure unless your physician gives you special instructions. A radiologist will review the results of the X-ray. The radiologist's report will be provided to your physician to help your physician make the best possible diagnosis.
What are the benefits of an X-ray?
X-rays provide your physician with accurate information for the early detection and treatment of disease through a non-surgical means.
What are the risks of an X-ray?
Your physician will weigh the benefit-versus-risk when ordering an X-ray on your behalf. Most physicians agree that the benefit of an early and accurate diagnosis far outweigh the risk of receiving a small exposure to radiation during an X-ray procedure.
How do I schedule my X-ray at OhioHealth?
Your physician will call to schedule your X-ray. You will be given a copy of the physician order to take with you. Be sure to take the physician order with you as it contains information used by the technologist to set up your exam and by the billing department for proper submission to your insurance company. You should be aware that OhioHealth offers many convenient general X-ray locations. Be sure to ask your physician to send you to the center near you.