Digital X-RayThe Leading X-Ray Provider in Vero Beach - Hope Imaging
What is a Digital X-Ray?
X-ray is one of the oldest, most common imaging technologies. Because light rays are absorbed by different materials, X-rays are a very good tool to see organs and bones. Hope Imaging utilizes a digital X-ray unit, which provides more precise imaging and uses less radiation.
A technologist will position your body between the X-ray camera and the X-ray detector. You may be asked to move into different positions in order to take views from multiple angles. You may also be asked to hold your breath for a moment while the image is captured. This keeps your body still and obtains the best quality image.
X-Rays are used to diagnose and evaluate nearly every portion of the body. Your physician will discuss and specify the specifics of your study with you.
X-Ray Prep & Safety
Appointments for X-ray service are not necessary for most cases. Simply bring your imaging order with you, or ask your physician to send it to us. Imaging is available between 8:30am and 9:00 pm.
For your safety, please notify our scheduling department and technologists if you believe you may be pregnant.
Your X-Ray Results
Your technologist is not permitted to discuss findings with you. The images will be read by a radiologist who will report the findings to your physician. Your physician will contact you after that report.
Common Questions About X-Rays
- Q: What about radiation? That sounds risky.
A: X-rays do use radiation, but it’s very low dose and generally is below what you are exposed to from natural sources. However, X-rays accumulate, so an X-ray should only be conducted if it is necessary. The exception to safety is for women who may be pregnant. In those cases, it is important to discuss the procedure with your physician and to alert our radiologist.
- Q: What is the difference between digital X-ray, which Hope Imaging Centers use, and non-digital?
A: Non-digital X-rays are traditional film X-rays like those many of us are familiar with. Digital X-rays offer a much higher range of detail and they are faster. That, combined with improvements to the technology, significantly decreases your radiation exposure.