This is a picture of a xray machine
Routine radiography procedures are done on the order of a physician. The studies performed vary and cover most body areas. The procedures for taking general radiographs vary depending upon the length of time required to image different anatomy. Sometimes, patients will need to change into an x-ray gown, removing street clothes and jewelry that become artifacts on x-rays. The technologist will explain the procedure and give the patient an opportunity to ask any questions before the exam begins. The technologist will then process the images and check for positioning and technical quality before the patient is released.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The most common form of radiology is the x-ray. Below are some frequently asked questions and their answers to help you understand what is happening during your procedure.
Q: Why do you have to take so many images?
A: The body is a three dimensional structure, but an x-ray is only two-dimensional. Thus, on a single x-ray the different parts of the body are superimposed on one another or may overlap one another. By taking more than one x-ray in different positions, we can better visualize the bones and soft tissues to detect an abnormality.
Q: Will the x-ray technologist see anything wrong with my x-rays?
A: The technologists are not qualified to read your x-rays. When they check them, it is to make sure the quality is good enough for the radiologist to interpret them.
Q: Why does the radiologist have to look at my films? Doesnt my doctor look at them?
A: A radiologist is a medical doctor specially trained to interpret x-rays. At Cabinet Peaks, our radiologist is Dr. Stephen Becker.
Q: Does my doctor need to see my x-rays?
A: Usually a written report from the radiologist is sufficient, but some doctors such as general and orthopedic surgeons do need to see the images.
Q: Why aren't patients taken in the order they arrive?
A: At Cabinet Peaks, we offer many services in addition to x-rays, which require different equipment. Another person in the waiting room may be having an ultrasound or CT scan, and thus is waiting in a different "line".
Q: How and when will I get the results of the exam?
A: Your doctor should receive a written report in 2 to 3 business days. If requested by your physician, a report can be called to him/her the day of the exam. You should get the results from your doctor.
Cabinet Peaks Medical Center
209 Health Park Drive
Libby, MT 59923