|Diagnostic Radiology - X-Ray|
Kennedy offers a wide range of general diagnostic studies such as chest x-rays, orthopedic imaging, and digital fluoroscopy. Our state-of-the-art equipment insures the most detailed and accurate imaging available.
X-ray, or Radiography, involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of radiation to produce an image of internal organs. An X-ray machine is essentially a camera that uses radiation instead of visible light to expose the film.
You cannot feel, taste or see the X-rays as they pass through the body. The average exam takes no more than 10-15 minutes per part (i.e. chest, knee, spine). The final product is stored on a piece of film, the radiograph. These radiographs are read by the radiologist, a specially-trained physician.
About half of all X-rays are of the chest. A chest X-ray is usually done to evaluate the lungs, heart and chest wall. Pneumonia, heart failure, lung cancer and other medical conditions can be diagnosed or suspected on a chest X-ray.
Preparing for this test: This painless procedure requires no special preparation, but women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologists if there is any chance they might be pregnant.