A diagnostic x-ray is a procedure used to take radiographs (x-ray pictures) of the body’s bones and internal organs. Radiographs help physicians detect or rule out abnormalities and diseases, such as pneumonia, broken bones, or signs of cancer.
Do I need a physician’s order to get an x-ray?
Yes, your physician must order the x-ray. If you are given a written order (script) for your test, bring it with you or the exam may be delayed.
Where can I get my x-ray taken?
You may get your x-ray taken at the St. George Medical Clinic Main Location or the St. George Canaan Valley Clinic.
How long will my x-ray take?
The time it takes to complete an x-ray depends on the number of exams your physician orders. It could be as quick as 10 minutes for a single x-ray or longer for multiple exams. It also depends on whether there are other patients ahead of you.
Will I need to put on a patient gown?
Depending on the exam, you may be asked to put on a patient gown. The technologist may also ask you to remove jewelry, hair clips, or dentures if they will interfere with the area of interest.
Questions the technologist may ask:
- Do you have any allergies, asthma, or diabetes?
- Are you pregnant or could you be pregnant?
During the exam: The technologist will position you and ask you to remain still for the exposure. You may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds. The technologist will move in and out of the x-ray room while the images are processed.
After the exam: Your healthcare provider will receive a copy of the results to review with you.
Call (304) 478-3339 to schedule your appointment today.