Radiologists at AR have read thousands of x-rays
High tech equipment combined with the intellect and skills of our physicians provides you with exceptional service. Moreover, after your x-ray is electronically imaged by our technologist, the radiologist reviews the images and a report is dictated within minutes of being acquired. Your referring physician receives the report via fax the same day.
How Does an X-ray Work?
X-rays use waves of electromagnetic radiation to form images of organs and other structures inside the body. When applied to your body, the x-ray waves are absorbed in different amounts by different body tissues of different densities. For example, skin, fat, and muscle allow more x-rays to pass through, but bones are denser, and the calcium in the bone absorbs x-rays. Thus, bones look white on a film recording of the x-ray image, called a radiograph, fat and other tissues look gray because they absorb fewer x-rays, while the lungs look black because air absorbs the least number of x-rays.
How is it Done?
You will be asked to remove any clothing over the part of the body to be x-rayed. If necessary, you will be given a gown. A protective lead drape to shield the rest of your body from excess x-rays may also be used. A technician will position you to obtain the required views.
The x-ray machine will be positioned near your body so that the x-ray tube is aimed at the proper body area. The technician will stand behind a protective panel and activate the x-ray machine.
If you are a woman and there is a chance you could be pregnant, a pregnancy test should be done before an x-ray is taken, as it may affect a developing fetus. Each case, though, will be examined on an individual basis to ensure your safety.
Your study is done efficiently and is reviewed by a board certified radiologist. Results are faxed or called to your doctor that SAME DAY. We also often consult your doctor over the phone to eliminate miscommunications in your report. Once again, we offer fast, convenient, accurate, SAME DAY diagnostics and a report back to your doctor that day.