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Digital x-ray 

Digital x-rays are used to create images of the structures inside of the body.  X-rays assist doctors with diagnosis and treatment planning.  Traditional x-rays use film and chemicals.  Digital x-rays are filmless and images are stored electronically on a computer.  As a result, digital x-rays can be obtained in a shorter amount of time.
 
Preparation
 
You will need to remove metal objects from your body, such as jewelry or watches.  Women should state if they are pregnant, might be pregnant, or have an IUD. 
 
Procedure
 
The technician will help position your body for the x-ray.  You will be asked to remain motionless while the images are taken.  X-rays are painless.
 
A radiology technician may perform your test, but is not qualified to diagnose or discuss your condition or results with you.  A radiologist or your doctor will review your x-rays with you.  Your doctor will contact you with the results.
 

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