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Radiology/Imaging

Extremity, Spine X-ray 

What is an X-ray (Radiograph)

An x-ray is a non-invasive medical test that helps clinicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.  X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Beverly Hospital's Radiology departments utilize advanced digital technology to produce high quality images with minimal doses of radiation to capture images of the body. 

Why is it performed?

X-rays  are used to:

- diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation

-  demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a  fracture

-  guide orthopedic surgery, such as spine repair/fusion, joint replacement and fracture reductions

- look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions

- assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer

- look for foreign objects in soft tissue around or in bones

How is it performed?

A licensed  Radiologic Technologist, an individual specially trained to perform radiology examinations, positions the patient on the x-ray table and aligns the tube (camera) with the body part  being imaged.  When necessary, sandbags, pillows or other positioning devices will be used to help you maintain the proper position.  A lead apron may be placed over your pelvic area to protect you from radiation. 

You must hold very still while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.  The technologist will walk behind a lead shield to activate the x-ray machine.  The number of images taken depends on the body part.

What will I experience during and after the procedure?

An x-ray itself is a painless procedure.  You may find holding still in a particular position and/or lying on the hard examination table uncomfortable, especially if you are injured. Our technologists will assist you in finding the most comfortable position possible that still ensures  optimal image quality.

Most  x-ray examinations are  usually complete within 10- 15  minutes.

One of our board certified radiologists will interpret  the images and send a report to your referring physician within 24 hours.