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Bone Radiography (X-Ray) - About the Exam

Mountain Medical provides radiography (X-ray) to examine the internal parts of the body. Bone radiography is used by radiologists to diagnose or treat patients by recording images of the internal structure of the body to assess the presence or absence of disease, foreign objects, and structural damage or anomaly.

X-ray images can be used in many types of examinations and procedures where a record of a static image is needed. Radiography can be used for:

  • Diagnose fractured bones or joint dislocation
  • Demonstrate proper alignment and stabilization of bony fragments following treatment of a fracture
  • Look for injury, infection, arthritis, abnormal bone growths and bony changes seen in metabolic conditions
  • Assist in the detection and diagnosis of bone cancer
  • Locate foreign objects in soft tissues around or in bones
  • Verification of correct placement of surgical markers prior to invasive procedures
  • Orthopedic evaluations
  • Sport film or static recording during fluoroscopy
  • Chiropractic examinations

What you can expect during a bone X-ray:

  • The technologist will position you in the x-ray room, either on a table or standing up depending on the area of the body they are imaging.
  • A lead apron may be placed over your pelvic area or breasts when feasible to protect from radiation.
  • You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.
  • The technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine.
  • You may be repositioned for another view and the process is repeated.
  • A bone x-ray examination is usually completed within five to 10 minutes.

Learn how to prepare for a bone X-ray.

Learn the benefits and risks of bone X-ray.

Watch the X-ray - What to Expect Video.