An x-ray is the most commonly performed medical imaging test that helps physicians 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.
Your X-ray Exam
When you have an imaging exam at Diagnostic Imaging Northwest you can expect skilled, personal care every step of the way. Before your exam, an X-ray technologist will review your medical and allergy history and answer any questions you may have. Your comfort during the X-ray is our top priority, so a technologist will be available throughout your exam.
The Day of Your X-ray Exam
Diagnostic Imaging Northwest offers general x-ray exams on a walk-in basis and generally do not require specific preparation. It is also recommended, if available, to bring any relevant prior films or information (date and location) of other imaging exams, so our radiologist can compare new films with previous ones.
You will be asked to remove any jewelry and clothing that may interfere with the x-rays. You may be asked to change into a gown. Many x-ray exams take only a few minutes. You should expect to be placed in various positions and to hold still.
Due to potential radiation exposure, only patients are permitted in the x-ray room. Supportive partners, including parents, are asked to remain outside the x-ray room during filming. If you have small children, you are encouraged to make arrangements for their supervision during your x-ray exam.
Your X-ray Results
A board-certified radiologist will interpret images from your x-ray exam and a final report will be completed within 24-48 hours and sent to your referring health care provider who will then explain the results and answer any follow-up questions you may have.