A radiograph, also known as an x-ray, is a painless and non-invasive imaging procedure that uses ionizing radiation (x-rays) to produce an image of the inside of one's body. X-rays are electromagnetic waves, like radio waves or light waves, only stronger; they can pass through most objects, whereas light waves cannot.

An x-ray examination exposes the body part in question to a small dose of x-rays. As the x-rays pass through the body, different tissues absorb different amounts of x-ray radiation. The waves that are not absorbed pass through the body onto an image plate, which absorbs the remaining waves. Bones absorb more x-rays than soft tissue, so they appear white while soft tissue appears as different shades of gray, and air appears black. Your images are sent in digital form to the radiologist to read and interpret. The physician who ordered the x-ray will also have access to the digital images.

How to Prepare for your Visit


Please inform your technician if there is any chance you may be pregnant. In some cases of pregnancy, an alternative to x-ray may be recommended.

what to expect

Depending on the type of x-ray you are undergoing, you may be asked to stand, sit or lie down on an x-ray table. For many x-ray tests, you may be asked to wear an exam gown as well as a protective apron to minimize exposure to radiation. Bolsters or straps may be used to help you maintain the correct position for the x-ray. In all types of x-ray exams, you will be asked to hold very still in order to get the clearest image possible. The image-taking process is very quick; only a few seconds for each image. The duration of your visit will depend on the number of x-ray images are taken and the complexity of the positioning process.

For your safety, and to expedite your visit, please print and complete the appropriate patient forms prior to your visit.

  • Please inform your technician if there is a chance you may be pregnant