What is an X-Ray?

An X-ray (radiograph) is a quick, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.  They are often used to help diagnose fractures in bones, or infection, injury or locating a foreign object in soft tissue. Different parts of the body absorb the X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more of the x-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the X-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray, and air appears black.

How should I prepare for my X-Ray?

X-ray exams are offered on a walk in basis. There is no pre-exam preparation for an X-Ray.

What should I wear for my X-Ray?

We recommend that you wear comfortable, athletic-style clothing. If your clothing has metal or other objects in or on it (zippers, buttons, etc), you could be asked to change into a gown to eliminate the interference metal objects have with the imaging technique.

What happens during an X-Ray?

Getting an X-Ray (Radiograph) involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays, or radiation like light or radio waves, pass through most objects, including the body. Once the X-Ray machine is carefully aimed at the part of the body being examined, the x-ray machine produces a small burst of radiation that passes through the body, recording an image digitally.

Generally, two or three X-rays will be taken depending on the body part that is being viewed. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the very short exposure time. If necessary, you will be instructed to hold your breath in order to prevent motion from blurring the images.

What happens after the X-Ray?

You will be free to leave the facility and resume normal activities as your health permits.  A radiologist reads your x-ray, and the results are reported directly back to your doctor.


Fluoroscopy uses an X-Ray machine to take a continuous series of X-rays instead of individual pictures of your body. It is most commonly used to evaluate  parts of your body that are moving in order to create a short video of your body structure in motion. Touchstone offers a variety of Fluoroscopy exams across our facilities including:

  • Arthrograms
  • Defecogram
  • Cineradiography
  • IVP (Fluoro)
  • Diaphragm
  • Small Bowel Series
  • UGI (Fluoro)
  • Barium Swallows/Esophagrams (Fluoro)
  • Myelograms
  • Barium Enema (Fluoro)
  • HSG

Please contact your local Touchstone facility to find out which Fluoroscopy exams are offered near you.

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