General Radiology (X-Ray)
An x-ray (radiograph) is a medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.
How Does the Procedure Work?
X-rays are a form of radiation like light or radio waves. X-rays pass through most objects, including the body. An x-ray machine produces a small burst of radiation that passes through the body, recording an image on photographic film or a special digital image recording plate.
Until recently, x-ray images were maintained as hard film copy (much like a photographic negative). Today, most images are digital files that are stored electronically, which is called PACS (Picture Archive Communication System). These stored images are easily accessible and are sometimes compared to current x-ray images for diagnosis and disease management. PACS is available at MSHA facilities.