An X-ray (radiograph) is an exam that helps physicians diagnose and treat conditions. X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body. X-rays pass through body structures onto specially treated plates (similar to camera film).
General X-rays, such as chest, skull, and extremities are performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
No special preparation is required for most X-rays. Patients may be required to remove clothing, depending on the type of material or the design. The technologist will provide a loose-fitting hospital gown to wear and patients may be asked to remove necklaces or other jewelry. A pregnancy questionnaire may be needed for female patients 10 years of age and older.
Taking an X-ray is just like taking a picture. Patients do not feel anything but may hear the X-ray camera make a noise. X-ray suites are dimly lit and patients must remain still for the exam.
The safety of your child is our priority.
Leaded X-ray shields are not used for diagnostic imaging exams.
Why are x-ray shields on patients not used anymore?
- We understand that people have come to expect a lead apron for diagnostic x-ray procedures, but it is now known that this outdated and no longer necessary.
- Medical experts have based the new recommendation on 70 years of research and technologic advancements.
- Shields can cover parts of the body that the radiologist needs to see.
- Shields can interfere with radiation dose-saving features built into modern X-ray machines.
- Patient shields are no longer beneficial since we have equipment that can give us better information using less radiation.
- Research shows that the amount of radiation used in diagnostic imaging exams today is so small that the risk is minimal or zero.
- If a shield is requested, one cannot be used if it can interfere fully or partially with the area being imaged.
These recommendations are supported by:
- National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP)
- American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM)
- American College of Radiology (ACR)
- The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
- Image Gently Alliance and Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR)
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If your child has been referred to us for a test and/or procedure, we will contact to you to schedule an appointment. At that time you will also be given any special instructions necessary to prepare for your visit, depending on what services your child will be receiving.