High Frequency Digital X-Ray
A picture of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of x-rays and generally recorded on a sensitive photographic film. Not all x-ray images will actually be recorded on film, but may be kept in digital form, and shown on a computer screen.
Are you required to make any special preparations?
No. However, please notify the radiology department if you have had a similar x-ray recently or if you are a woman who is or might be pregnant.
Can you bring a relative/friend?
Yes. Only in special circumstances, or in the case of young children, will they be permitted to accompany you into the actual x-ray room.
When you arrive
Please report to the reception desk in the x-ray department.
The radiographer will explain the procedure for your examination, and show you to a private cubicle where you may remove your garments. You will be asked to put on a clean gown and dressing gown provided.
Who will you see?
You will be cared for by a radiographer and your film will be examined and reported on by the radiologist.
What happens during the x-ray?
You will be taken into the x-ray room where you will stand against a frame or part of the machine. Although the radiographer will go behind a screen, you will be seen and heard at all times. You will be asked to stay still and sometimes to take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds.
Will it be uncomfortable?
How long will it take?
The process to taking the film will last only a few seconds, but the radiographer may need to take further x-rays in different positions. This usually takes no more than 5–10 minutes, and unless you have had to wait, such as for emergency patients, your total time in the department should be about 20 minutes.
Are there any risks?
There are risks involved with x-rays, but a plain x-ray uses a small amount of radiation, equivalent to that which we all receive from with in 24 hours. Female patients who are, or might be pregnant, must inform the radiographer, who will cover the lower abdomen or pelvis with a lead apron, as the foetus is more sensitive to radiation. You should not worry about the radiation from the x-ray, and as your doctor feels he needs to investigate a potential problem.
Are there any side-effects?
None at all.
When will you get the results?
The film will be examined after your visit, and a written report on the findings sent to your referring doctor which is normally available in 24 hours.