An x-ray examination is performed through a use of an electrical device that emits x-rays and digital technology to create 2- dimensional pictures of internal body structures. This test is particularly useful in diagnosing conditions or disease that affect the bones and other body organs. You may experience some discomfort due to cool temperature in the examination room and coldness of the recording plates.
When x-ray examinations are necessary?
- Diagnosis of fractures- detection of broken bones is one of the most common uses of this test.
- Diagnosis of dislocations- an x-ray examination can reveal if the bones at a joint are abnormally positioned.
- Diagnosis of bone or joint condition- for example, types of cancer, arthritis or osteoporosis.
- Diagnosis of Chest Conditions- such as Pneumonia, Lung Cancer, Heart Failure, Tuberculosis, etc.
- Diagnosis of foreign object- for example, metal fragments or swallowed coins.
- Diagnosis of digestive tract- such as constipation or any abdominal abnormality.
Medical considerations prior an x-ray examinations
- Female patients should inform the referring doctor should they suspect they may be pregnant. If pregnant and an x-ray procedure is really necessary, precautions will be taken to minimise radiation exposure to the foetus.
- X-rays usually have no side effects in the typical diagnostic range of examinations and you can generally resume your normal activities after an x-ray examination.
- There is no special preparation for conventional x-ray examinations.
- A conventional x-ray examination does not require any special preparation, other than possibly having to change into a hospital gown.
- Routine x-ray examination is a painless and non-invasive procedure.
- Depending on the part of the body being examined, you may be asked to remove jewellery and other objects that may obscure the structures of interest.
- All x-ray examinations are digital files that are stored electronically are easily accessible for further diagnosis and disease management.
All x-ray images are analysed and interpreted by a specialist, radiologists, and reports together with x-ray images are provided to patient approximately within an hour after an examination for review by referring doctor.