Digital X-Ray

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What is a Digital X-Ray?

Stockdale Radiology offers x-ray technology at our Bakersfield, Shafter, and Lamont locations. Our extremely flexible units offer the most comfortable exams with the least amount of radiation. Virtually all of the views can be done upright, which is easier for most patients. SR participates in Image Wisely™, a campaign that encourages smart medical imaging. We pledge to eliminate unnecessary scans and lower radiation doses by using state-of-the-art equipment for all of our studies.

Digital X-Ray Benefits:

  • Fully digital units with no film
  • Extremely flexible units allow greater comfort
  • X-ray tables are capable of holding patients up to 495 lbs
  • State-of-the-art equipment minimizes radiation exposure

History of X-Ray

X-ray (radiography) is a quick, safe and painless test that produces images of bones, lungs, some of your soft tissue and internal organs. The images produced help your doctor to diagnose and treat bone fractures, joint injuries, arthritis and many conditions involving the chest. Wilhelm Roentgen, a German professor of physics, discovered x-rays in 1895 while experimenting with the passing of an electric current through gases at extremely low pressure. He observed that certain rays were being emitted which were able to penetrate cardboard, wood and even the human body. He used a photographic plate and was able to capture the first x-ray, his wife’s hand.

Digital vs. Film

There are several important advantages of digital x-ray over film x-ray (conventional radiography). During a digital x-ray, images are recorded on digital image capture devices much like a digital camera. These images can immediately be stored, viewed, enhanced or transferred. During a film x-ray, the film must be developed in a dark room which takes much longer, and the images are not in digital format. More importantly, digital x-ray uses less radiation and produces clearer images with better contrast and resolution.

How Does an X-Ray Work?

During an x-ray, beams are produced by a special x-ray tube, sort of like a supercharged light bulb. The beams are sent through the body to highly specialized digital sensor plates, similar to those in a digital camera, only much larger. Different parts of the body absorb the x-rays in varying degrees. Dense materials like bones appear white on an x-ray, while soft tissue such as fat and muscle are varying shades of gray. Lungs are mostly filled with air and appear almost black. A computer then processes and records the images taken without any film being utilized. These electronically stored images are easily accessible and can be compared to other x-ray studies as needed.

Digital X-Ray Prep Info

How do I prepare for an X-Ray?

Provide us with your email address and we will send you your personalized forms with your information already filled in. If your email address is not provided, you can still save time by downloading the Registration forms and completing them prior to arriving at the office.

What to Bring With You to Your Appointment:

  • Prescription from your doctor.
  • Current insurance card.
  • Authorization number from your insurance carrier.
  • Any forms you completed at home.
  • Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay.
  • Any relevant studies that you have from another facility. We like to compare the new x-ray images with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
  • Picture identification.
  • 2 pieces outfits are recommended in case you need to change into a gown

What Will I Do When I Arrive?

Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you:

  • Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
  • Have any metal in your body.
  • Have any relevant studies from another facility. We like to compare the new x-ray study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

What Happens During the Test?

The technologist will position your body based on the type of x-ray being performed. You may be asked to stand, sit or lie down on the x-ray table. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvis or breasts to protect from radiation. The part of your body being evaluated will be exposed to radiation for a fraction of a second to create the image.

Our radiologic technologists are trained to use the least amount of radiation possible to produce an image that will help with diagnosis. During a digital x-ray, the amount of radiation received is extremely low. Furthermore, our modern digital x-ray systems have tightly controlled x-ray beams and dose control methods to minimize radiation.

When Can I Expect Results?

One of our board certified radiologist interprets your images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed.

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