How does an X-ray work?
X-rays are a form of radiation, like light or radio waves, that can be focused into a beam, much like a flashlight beam. Unlike a beam of light, though, X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body. When X-rays strike a piece of photographic film, they can produce a picture. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block (absorb) many of the X-rays and appear white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, block fewer of the X-rays (more of the X-rays pass through) and appear in shades of gray. X-rays that pass only through air appear black on an X-ray picture.
Safety in Imaging
At Lost Rivers Medical Center, our goal is to use the least amount of radiation (X-ray energy) needed to produce quality images. We work hard to make sure our equipment is safe and appropriate for your test. Our imaging teams have regular training on radiation safety. We communicate with doctors to help them choose imaging tests wisely.
How should I prepare?
X-rays are offered on a walk-in basis, with no appointment necessary. A written order from your doctor is required. Generally, for plain X-rays, there is no preparation. If you are pregnant or nursing you must notify your technologist before the exam.
Doctors orders are required. Staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.