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What is X-Ray?
X-Ray is a non-invasive test used to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. It is a type of radiation known as electromagnetic waves. It develops pictures of all the internal organs of the body. The images shown in the x-ray denote different body parts with different shades of black and white. White is the colour of bones, while dark is the colour of softer body tissues like muscles and cavities.
Why is an X-Ray done?
In case a patient suffers a fall, injury, or other kinds of accidents, doctors recommend an X-ray to diagnose the presence of any internal injury. If the injuries require surgery, an X-Ray is mandatory before the procedure. Even after the operation, an X-Ray is necessary to see the results. There are various other reasons to perform X-Ray. These include-
- If there is any abnormal growth in the body.
- Any disease caused by bacteria, virus, or fungus is detected through X-Ray.
- To determine whether the injury caused is acute or chronic.
Who should get an X-Ray done?
X-Ray is done to detect broken bones, ligaments, cartilage, or joints after any injury. It is highly suitable for an initial diagnosis. To get a detailed view of internal organs, the health expert may suggest an X-Ray along with MRI or CT. you can go for the X-Ray for the following reasons.
- Determines the location and severity of the fractures
- Recurring pain in the joints indicating arthritis
- Constant pain, swelling
- Stiffness of the spine
- Infections of bone or soft tissue
Disclaimer: It is advised to always consult your doctor to interpret the test reports.
What precautions should I take?
- Please follow the instructions suggested by your doctor.
- Inform if one is on any medications or if there is any ongoing treatment.
- Inform the doctor if you have any history of previous surgery.
- Show your old reports, if any.
- Inform if one is pregnant/breast-feeding/menstruating.
- Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any dyes if a dye is being used
What does an X-Ray measure?
During the procedure, the X-ray technician takes X-ray images of the concerned body part. The test provides a clear image to rule out any related pathology or injury.
What are all tests included in an X-Ray?
For this particular test, your radiologist will only perform an X-Ray for a particular body part using an X-Ray machine. No other pre- or post-tests are required.
While going for the X-Ray, little preparation is required.
- It is important to inform the doctor if you are pregnant/breastfeeding or have claustrophobia before undergoing the test.
- You must inform the doctor and staff at the centre about any of your implants, pacemaker devices, vascular stents, etc.
- You are not allowed to take any metal objects or electronic devices in the test area.
- You must remove all the jewellery before undergoing the test.
- You will be asked to wear a hospital gown before undergoing the test.
- In this type of test, sometimes a contrast dye will be given intravenously.
- It is important to inform the doctor if you had any allergic reactions to contrast dye in the past or if you are suffering from kidney disease.
- You must inform them about all the medicines you may be taking before undergoing the test.
If the X-ray is pre-planned, you may be advised to keep your stomach empty.
The licensed lab technician at the centre or hospital will guide you best for the test process. The X-ray technician will explain the procedure, and it will include the following steps:
- Depending on which view of your organs your doctor wants to see, the technician may ask you to remain in a specific position.
- The parts of your body that will not be X-rayed may be covered with a lead apron. The X-ray machine emits radiation, and this apron protects certain body parts from it.
- You must remain still while the X-ray technician directs the X-ray machine at your body and takes the images once you are in the proper position.
- An X-ray machine sends electromagnetic radiation through your body. The dense body parts like bones appear white because they block the transmission of rays. Soft tissues like muscle, fat, and organs allow the X-ray to pass through them and appear grey. Any abnormality in the images indicates medical issues and needs the consultation of a doctor.
What to expect after the X-Ray is done?
After the X-Ray, there are no immediate or long-term consequences. In case your body shows abnormal symptoms or causes discomfort, it is suggested to visit your nearby physician immediately. Here is the list of severe and unusual symptoms-
- Increased blood pressure or nausea
- Increased or decreased heart rate.
- Breathing problems
When will I get the X-Ray report?
The radiologist prepares the reports of the X-Ray within an hour after the test. In case there is an emergency, you might get the results immediately. For non-emergency, the radiologist can take 1-2 days to give the X-Ray reports if a detailed evaluation is needed.
You can consult the radiologist about the test. You must consult your doctor after getting the test results from the laboratory.
Disclaimer: The time may vary based on your condition and the availability of the radiologist.
How will I get the X-Ray report?
To receive your report, you will have to visit the radiology clinic or Lab where the test was done. Once there, your radiologist or lab technician will provide you with the X-Ray Report with all the accompanying images and may explain the results to you. You can either get reports directly from the laboratory or download them from the MFine app. An expert doctor analyses your test report for free on the MFine app. The doctor is available online for a consultation.
To download the test reports:
- Log in to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click on Attachment and Reports
- Click on Lab Report
- Download the report
How to interpret an X-Ray report?
A radiologist will interpret your X-Ray reports. Typically, each image will be categorised as one of the following:
Is there any risk involved?
Before going for the test, you can consult and inquire with your doctor about the amount of radiation used during the procedure in case you have a history of adverse reactions when exposed to X-rays. Tell your doctor right away if you are pregnant or have recently given birth. Radiation can cause birth defects if it is received during pregnancy.
Some people may react to contrasting mediums like itching, swelling, pain, or redness. Make sure you share your health history with your health expert to take care of all complexities. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any concerns you may have.
What equipment or instruments are used for X-Ray?
An X-Ray can be performed using an X-Ray Machine and a small amount of electromagnetic radiation to get clear images of internal organs. The size of the machine will be determined by the scan’s purpose and the patient’s history.
At the start of the procedure, the patient will be asked to lie on their back on an x-ray table. After that, the x-ray machine will be placed over the patient’s concerned body part. The patient will be asked to lie perfectly still for a few seconds while holding their breath. The x-ray images will be taken while you are in this position.
How long does an X-Ray take?
X-Ray usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Your radiologist will immediately view the images and interpret the results. The staff will let you know how long the exam should take when you arrive.
If you are going for your child’s X-ray, let them sit or lie down still throughout the procedure to avoid blurred or unclear images. Infants might need gentle restraint, hence must be compulsorily accompanied by their parents.
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Frequently asked questions on X-Ray
What type of injuries cannot be detected by X-Ray?
X-Rays are highly effective in detecting fractures in the bones and joints as a result of accidents or falls. At times, it may not diagnose hairline fractures, bone bruises, or torn ligaments. In such cases, your health expert may suggest you go for other imaging tests like MRI or CT scan.
What is the basic principle behind X-rays?
X-ray gives black and white images of all the internal organs in the human body. Softer tissues like muscles and fat allow X-rays to pass through them, thus appearing grey. Dense body parts like bones block the passage of X-ray beams, thus appearing white. Air-filled spaces like lungs look black.
What exactly is a contrasting medium?
A contrast medium is a liquid containing a group of chemicals like Iodine and Barium. It outlines a specific region of your body on the X-ray image. Doctors administer it as a pill, an injection, or an enema. Some patients might have reactions to it like itching, pain, swelling, or redness.
Are X-Ray results available immediately?
It’s unlikely that you’ll get your scan results right away. The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who scheduled the scan, who will talk to you about the results. The results of an X-Ray scan usually take 2-3 days or sometimes even a week to arrive, unless there is an emergency.
What are the common conditions that may require an X-Ray?
Some of the common conditions that may require an X-Ray are as follows-
- Fractures and infections
- Kidney stones
- Obstruction in the urinary tract
- Dental decay
- Bone cancer
- Obstruction in gastrointestinal tract
Is there any need to alter my diet before an X-Ray Scan?
There is no need to fast before the procedure unless the doctor indicates to you. If the doctor uses a contrasting medium during the test, avoid eating or taking medications for a few hours after the test.
What should a patient not do before an X-Ray?
The most important thing to avoid before going for an X-Ray is lying or withholding information from your doctor or the X-Ray technicians. Certain people should avoid X Rays, especially if they are pregnant or breastfeeding; the X-Ray may be postponed if possible.
What are the side effects of an X-Ray?
There are usually no side effects of an X-Ray. However, sometimes it might result in mild symptoms like hives, vomiting, dizziness, itching, and nausea, or severe symptoms like increased heart rate, which could be due to Iv contrast. However, many people will not have any reaction after an X-Ray is taken.
For how long does the contrast dye stay in your body post-X-Ray?
With normal kidney function, the majority of the contrast material is excreted in the urine within 24 hours. If you have acute renal failure or severe chronic kidney disease and are given a contrast agent, it may remain in your system for a few days until your kidneys process and remove it. Please inform your doctor if you have any kidney issues.
Do I get to go home immediately after an X-Ray?
Yes, once the X-Ray is done, you can go home immediately. In case you experience mild symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or any other side effects or if you suffer from any chronic condition, your doctor may ask you to stay back for a while to ensure there is no complication.
Can children undergo X-Ray Scan?
Yes, X-Ray scans are completely safe for children and infants.
How long does the X-Ray take?
An X-Ray usually takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Your radiologist will be immediately able to view the images and interpret the results. When you arrive, the staff will let you know how long the exam should take.
Do I need to remove clothes before the X-Ray?
No , though you will need to change into a hospital gown when undergoing an X ray.
What is the cost of an X-Ray on the MFine app?
The cost of an X-Ray varies from city to city in India. At the MFine app, the average cost starts from ₹249 onwards.
Does X-Ray hurt?
No, the X-Ray does not hurt at all. It is a non-invasive and fast procedure. If you have fractures or dislocation, you may feel pain while positioning yourself for an X-ray.
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