What is an X-ray?
An x-ray is a simple and painless test that takes detailed pictures of the inside of your body. They are mainly used to study bones and joints and sometimes used to look at internal organs. The x-ray machine uses a tube to produce an x-ray beam that is carefully aimed on the part of the body being examined.
Fluoroscopy is a special type of x-ray that gives a real time video image on television monitors by taking continuous x-ray images of the body. It is useful for seeing dynamic bodily functions, such as the act of swallowing.
Are x-rays safe?
If you are having an x-ray you will be exposed to some radiation. However, the part of your body being examined will only be exposed for a fraction of a second. The dose of radiation from a standard x-ray is the same amount of radiation that the average person receives from 10 days of naturally occurring background radiation. Your doctor will have referred you for an x-ray having fully assessed all possible risks and benefits.
Will it be comfortable?
X-rays are painless and our team will ensure you as comfortable as possible.