MaineGeneral offers digital X-ray imaging throughout the Kennebec Valley.
Here are some answers to common questions about X-rays.
What is a Digital X-ray?
Digital X-rays can pass through most objects, including the human body. They allow doctors to see images of your bones and internal organs within seconds.
Our state-of-the-art digital radiography is a filmless system that provides superior images instantly, unlike traditional film X-ray systems.
Your technologist will assist you throughout the X-ray and remain in constant communication with you.
How do Digital X-Rays work?
With digital X-ray, dense tissues in the body — such as bones — appear white on an X-ray picture. Less dense tissues — such as muscles and organs — appear in shades of gray.
A detector processes and records images digitally These images can be viewed on screen and saved immediately on a computer system.
The radiologist will interpret your exam and forward the results to the provider who ordered the digital X-ray.
For our patients, digital X-rays mean shorter exam times with the lowest amount of radiation exposure. Because we don't have to process film and can see the results immediately, there are fewer retakes and delays.
What can you expect during a Digital X-ray?
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Depending on what part of your body is being examined, you may be lying down, sitting or standing for the test.
Your technologist will position your body where it needs to be during the test and give instructions such as holding your breath or remaining still while the X-ray is taken.
In most cases, the test takes only a few minutes. Since digital images are seen within seconds, your technologist can tell you immediately if the image is clear or if a retake is necessary.
Although the technologist won't be in the room during the actual X-ray, be assured he or she can hear and speak with you at all times.
Most people feel no discomfort during the exam. However, the X-ray table may feel hard and you may find a position uncomfortable for the very short period of time the X-ray is taken.