Digital radiography, or x-ray, is one of the most significant advances in medical history. Digital x-ray is a form of
x-ray imaging, where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. In place of x-ray film, a digital image capture device is used to record the x-ray image and make it available as a digital file that can be presented for interpretation.

The most common use of x-rays is to identify and treat bone fractures. It is particularly beneficial in emergency situations.

X-ray images of the skull, spine, joints and extremities can show even very fine hairline fractures or chips. After treatment, a bone x-ray can be done to ensure that the fracture has been properly aligned and stabilized for healing.

X-ray is a fast and easy procedure. Patients will experience no discomfort or side effects from their examination and are allowed to leave immediately following their x-ray exam.

Preparation for X-Ray:

  1. Have a light breakfast.
  2. Have clear liquids for lunch and dinner. Clear liquids include clear broth, tea, carbonated beverages, or Jello (no red). Do not eat solid foods or milk products.
  3. At 1:00, 3:00, 7:00, 10:00 pm, and at bedtime drink 8 ounces (1 glass) of clear liquid in addition to the liquid diet.
  4. At 6:00 pm take 4 Bisacodyl Tablets.

The Day of Your Appointment

  1. At least one hour before leaving for your examination, take a Fleet Enema. Wait 15 minutes before having a bowel movement.

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