Digital X-Ray

What is digital X-ray?

X-ray (also known as radiography), the original and best-known type of imaging exam that gave rise to the field of radiology, uses a small dose of radiation to create images of bones and soft tissues. Delaney Radiology uses today’s state-of-the-art digital technology to generate, process, and store diagnostic X-ray images and make them available for physicians to assess injuries, such as fractures, sprains, and strains, as well as certain types of illness.

X-ray exams generally take from 5–30 minutes to perform. Depending on the diagnostic situation or anatomical area being imaged, you may sit, stand, or lie down on an X-ray table during the exam.  Our technologist will help you get into position as comfortably as possible, and may use cushions or supports to help you stay in place.

While generating the images, the technologist will step behind a radiation barrier or enter a control room, and may give you instructions during the process, such as times you need to hold still or hold your breath for a few seconds. Some exams require multiple sets of images and/or images from different angles, so the technologist may need to help you reposition one or more times during the exam.

After all required images have been taken, you may be asked to wait in position while the technologist reviews the images to verify their quality. If additional views are necessary, the technologist will let you know and assist you with repositioning as needed.

Learn more

X-ray, or radiography, continues to have a wealth of medical applications beyond its frequent use in imaging bones and joints to assess injuries, ranging from assessing gastrointestinal symptoms to X-ray-guided pain management procedures. To explore information about today’s many uses of the original medical imaging method, visit the Radiography page on RadiologyInfo.