Your doctor orders a digital X-ray imaging exam to diagnose an injury or infection in the abdomen, joints, bones and soft tissues. A digital X-ray is a painless procedure that uses very little radiation, but it is not easy to schedule an appointment when you are worried about the procedure. You can reduce the fear of the unknown by learning about the procedure in advance. Here is an idea of what you can expect at your digital X-ray procedure.
What To Wear
There is a chance you are going to need to remove some clothing for a digital X-ray. If this is the case, you are provided with a gown to wear during the exam. You want to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for the procedure, such as a T-shirt, sweatpants or yoga pants. You may need to remove accessories such as eyeglasses and dental appliances, and it is best to leave your jewelry and other metal items at home.
During The Procedure
A digital X-ray does not require any special preparation other than removing your jewelry or some clothing.
When it is time for your procedure, a technician will lead you to the exam room. You are going to sit, lie or stand near the cassette holder, but this depends on the area being scanned. Your technician is going to ask you to remain still as the X-ray is being taken. They may even give you special breathing instructions during the procedure. When your technician is finished with the X-ray, you can change back into your regular clothes.
After The Procedure
You do not have to wait for your technician to develop any film with a digital X-ray exam. The pictures can be viewed and manipulated on a computer shortly after the procedure. Your technician is going to send the results to your doctor or ask you to pick them up. The next step is to go over the results of your digital X-ray with your doctor.
If you are still worried about your digital X-ray imaging exam, you can discuss the procedure with your doctor.