A digital X-ray is a quick, painless imaging test that produces images of the structures inside your body, particularly your bones. The density of the material they pass through dictates how much light they absorb from the X-ray beams.
Dense materials, such as bone, appear white on the screen, while fat and muscle look gray. The air in your lungs appears black.
X-rays use electromagnetic radiation to capture images of your internal structures. The X-ray beams pass through your body, and the sensor displays the captured image on a screen or film.
A digital X-ray relies on a computer rather than film to produce an accurate image. As a result, the images are more precise than traditional X-rays. They also produce less radiation than conventional X-rays — up to 80% less in some cases.
Another major benefit of a digital X-ray is that your doctor can store it in a computer rather than a physical storage space. They can access your X-rays at any time, send the images to specialists, and more.
Your technologist at One Step Diagnostic may perform a digital X-ray for many different reasons, such as:
Certain conditions that may require a digital X-ray include:
No matter the reason, One Step Diagnostic uses the latest technology to ensure your digital X-ray is as quick, comfortable, and precise as possible.
X-rays rarely require much preparation. After instructing you to remove any metal jewelry, your board-certified technologist instructs you on how to position yourself. They may ask you to lie down, sit, or stand. During the procedure, your technologist may ask you to remain still for the clearest image. Most X-rays take around 15 minutes, making it a relatively quick and convenient test.
To learn more about digital X-rays, call One Step Diagnostic or schedule an appointment online today.