How It Works

X-ray is one of the oldest, most common
imaging technologies. Because light rays
are absorbed by different materials, X-rays are
a very good tool to see organs and bones.
All Oregon Imaging Centers X-rays are digital,
which provides more precise imaging and
uses less radiation.

Why We Do It

X-rays are widely used for diagnostic purposes. They
can isolate and pinpoint everything from broken bones,
lung infections, digestive problems and kidney stones. X-ray imaging
is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess these conditions as well as other common abnormalities.

The Experience

A technologist will position your body between the X-ray camera and the digital X-ray detector. You may be asked to move into different positions in order to take views from multiple angles. You may also be asked to hold your breath for a moment while the image is captured. This keeps your body still and obtains the best quality image.


Appointments for X-ray service are not necessary for most cases. Simply bring your imaging order with you, or ask your physician to send it to us. Imaging is available at our University District clinic, or RiverBend Pavilion. The RiverBend location offers extremely convenient hours.

Prep & Safety

For your safety, please notify our scheduling department and technologists if you believe you may be pregnant.

Your Results

Your technologist is not permitted to discuss findings with you. The images will be read by a radiologist who will report the findings to your physician. Your physician will contact you after that report.

What about radiation? That sounds risky.
X-rays do use radiation, but it’s very low dose and generally is below what you are exposed to from natural sources. However, X-rays accumulate, so an X-ray should only be conducted if it is necessary. The exception to safety is for women who may be pregnant. In those cases, it is important to discuss the procedure with your physician and to alert our radiologist.
What is the difference between digital X-ray, which Oregon Imaging Centers uses, and non-digital?
Non-digital X-rays are traditional film X-rays like those many of us are familiar with. Digital X-rays offer a much higher range of detail and they are faster. That, combined with improvements to the technology, significantly decreases your radiation exposure.

Types of scans

X-Rays are used to diagnose and evaluate nearly every portion of the body. Your physician will discuss and specify the specifics of your study with you.