X-rays harness a form of energy to penetrate the body to produce images of the bones and some internal organs and structures. One of the most established forms of diagnostic medical imaging, x-rays send a beam of energy through your body to a digital plate behind it, creating a shadowed image of the tissues that are not penetrated by the beam. Different tissues in the body absorb the x-rays to varying degrees, for example, the calcium in our bones blocks the energy completely, so it is an effective tool for doctors to ‘look’ at your bones. However, while x-rays are particularly useful in examining bones, such as the vertebrae, they do not show nerve damage or herniated discs.
X-rays are considered safe and effective in most cases for diagnosing skeletal issues and more in children as well as adults. The radiation involved in x-rays is controlled and kept at low levels. Technological advances make x-rays safer all the time and, in many cases, the equipment is digital and produces images immediately, which allows for quicker diagnoses and treatment.
Intermountain Spine and Orthopaedics does provide x-rays utilizing a digital radiography system.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional X-Rays.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image.
Dr. Christensen and the team at Intermountain Spine and Orthopaedics use x-rays to diagnose a variety of conditions including:
In addition, other healthcare providers can have their patients obtain X-Ray images of other parts of their bodies if needed, and these images can be viewed on a private, password-protected website.
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