X - RAY
X-ray, or radiography, is the oldest and most common form of medical imaging.
An X-ray machine produces a controlled beam of radiation, which is
used to create an image of the inside of your body. This beam is
directed at the area being examined. After passing through the body,
the beam falls on a piece of film or a special plate where it casts a
type of shadow. Different tissues in the body block or absorb the
radiation differently. Dense tissue, such as bone, blocks most of the
radiation and appears white on the film. Soft tissue, such as muscle,
blocks less radiation and appears darker on the film. Often multiple
images are taken from different angles so a more complete view of the
area is available.
X-ray exams are commonly used to diagnose infection and fractures,
among other things.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray
image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy
procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is
transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an
instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be
seen in detail.
Our facility utilizes fluoroscopy for joint injections (arthrograms)
and spine injections (myelograms).