An x-ray is a type of energy like light waves or radio waves. Unlike light waves, x-rays are able to penetrate the soft tissues of the body and create images of bones and joints which can be viewed on a monitor or on film.
How is an x-ray performed?
X-rays are performed the Kazmer Foot and Ankle Center office using the most advanced technology for highly accurate and detailed images that can be extremely helpful in providing information about what’s going on in a patient’s bones and joints. Depending upon the area that needs to be x-rayed, the x-ray procedure may be performed while patients are standing, sitting or lying down, and lead aprons may be provided to protect the rest of the body from exposure to the x-rays. Multiple x-rays may be taken with the affected area in different positions to provide a variety of views. Each x-ray will take only a second or two. After making sure the patient is in the proper position, the technician taking the x-ray will move to a separate area but will still be able to see and hear the patient.
When are x-rays used?
X-rays are used to determine the cause of pain and other symptoms, including joint stiffness and swelling. They can also be used to confirm a diagnosis or to help guide surgery or other treatment. Sometimes they also may be performed following surgery or other treatment like casting to ensure the bones and joints are healing properly.
Do x-rays hurt?
No, the x-rays themselves are completely painless. However, depending on the type of injury the patient has and where it is located, the patient may experience some mild discomfort when his or her foot or ankle is positioned in order to obtain clear images.
Are x-rays safe?
Yes, the technology used at the Kazmer Foot and Ankle Center is designed to produce clear, accurate images with minimal radiation exposure. A single x-ray results in very low exposure to radiation, and even multiple x-rays pose minimal risk.