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What is an X-ray?

An X-ray is a painless imaging test that allows your doctor to see structures inside your body, particularly the bones. X-ray images help the team at Southern Oregon Orthopedics diagnose injuries and conditions so they can recommend the best course of treatment.

Having X-ray imaging technology and a qualified staff right in the office helps them provide you with efficient and effective orthopedic care. In addition to X-rays, they also offer on-site magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopy, and bracing and splinting services.

How does an X-ray work?

During an X-ray, a machine sends high-energy electromagnetic rays through a part of your body. As the rays pass through you, some tissues absorb the energy more than others. Dense tissues like bone appear as white on an X-ray image while softer tissues like muscle and fat show up as different shades of gray.

Your technician positions you so that only the specific part of your body being X-rayed is under the machine. They may ask you to remove any metal objects, including jewelry and eyeglasses.

Fluoroscopy is a special type of X-ray that shows images moving in real-time. Fluoroscopy may be necessary to accurately diagnose conditions in complex joints like the hand and wrist.

Why would I need an X-ray?

An X-ray is a commonly used diagnostic test in orthopedic medicine. Your Southern Oregon Orthopedics provider may order an X-ray to help them diagnose conditions like arthritis, fractures, and sports injuries.

They may also use X-rays to determine the underlying cause of joint pain, including:

  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Hand and wrist pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain

X-rays and MRIs also provide important information your provider may need before recommending a treatment like joint replacement surgery.

How safe is an X-ray?

X-rays are quick, noninvasive tests that produce radiation, but at very low levels. The benefits of getting an X-ray far outweigh the risks of radiation exposure. However, you should tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or may be pregnant because they may recommend a different type of imaging test.

For easy and convenient on-site X-ray imaging, call Southern Oregon Orthopedics or request an appointment online today.

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