Digital X-Ray

Digital x-ray technology reduces your radiation exposure and eliminates the use of chemicals. Digital radiography is better for you and the environment.

X-ray is one of the oldest, most common imaging technologies. Because x-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.

X-rays are widely used for diagnostic purposes. They can isolate and pinpoint everything from broken bones, lung infections 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.

You will be shown to the dressing room and sub-waiting area. You may be asked to change into scrubs for your exam. Our changing rooms offer secure lockers, but we encourage patients to leave valuables at home. A technologist will notify you when it is time for your exam. 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.

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

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.

Q. What about radiation? That sounds risky.

A. 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.

Q. What is the difference between digital X-ray, which Oregon Imaging Centers uses, and non-digital?

A. 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.

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