X-ray, also called general or diagnostic radiography, has long been a valuable tool in the diagnosis of internal injuries and other medical conditions.

X-ray exams work by sending beams of energy through the body. Bones and other dense materials, like a foreign object inside the body, absorb more of this energy than organs and soft tissues absorb. A special X-ray camera detects this energy to produce pictures of the internal structures. The bones appear white or gray on the x-ray image, while soft tissues appear darker.

Fluoroscopy is an X-ray imaging technique that captures moving pictures of internal structures and displays them on a video monitor like a movie. Radiologists can use fluoroscopy to view internal organs in motion and, with the help of contrast material, to assess organ function. The tool is also used to guide needle placement during myelography and joint injections.

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What should I expect?

General radiography exams usually take between 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of procedure. You may be asked to change into a gown if your clothing has zippers or buttons.

Usually, there are no restrictions following a typical X-ray exam. If you receive a fluoroscopy exam, like a myelogram of the spinal cord, you may receive some post-exam instructions.

A radiologist will review your results and compare your exam to any previous studies. A report will be sent to your physician.

Women who may possibly be pregnant should notify the technologist immediately.

How do I make an appointment?

Most of the time, your physician’s office will work directly with Inland Imaging to schedule an appointment for you. If you have been asked to make your own appointment, contact Inland Imaging for scheduling information at 509.455.4455 or toll-free at 1.800.826.2944. Before calling, be sure your physician's order and insurance information (including pre-authorization, if needed) are readily available.