X-rays are made of the same electromagnetic particles as light but they have a much shorter wavelength, which allows them to pass through the body. As they do so, the denser parts of your body, like bones, cast a shadow onto a specially coated plate, which is digitally read by a computer and translated into an image on the computer screen.
X-rays, which have been used for more than 100 years, can help your doctor answer many basic medical questions. Routine X-rays include chest, abdominal, and bone.
More advanced X-rays include mammography, fluoroscopy, and angiography.
Southwest Imaging uses the latest in computerized radiography (CR) and digital radiography (DR) equipment. Your X-ray will be performed by a highly experienced X-ray technologist who is fully licensed by both the State of Washington and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This licensing, which is not required by all imaging clinics, ensures that the X-ray technologist at Southwest Imaging is fully educated and practices safe techniques to reduce your X-ray dose.
X-ray services are available at both of our locations. Medical Center campus services also include mammography, fluoroscopy, and angiography.
How do I prepare for my X-ray?
- Be sure to inform our staff if you are or may be pregnant.
- Routine X-rays are done on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary; however, you will need to have a doctor’s order called in or with you.
- Advanced X-rays will be scheduled and specific instructions given at the time of scheduling.
- On the day of your exam, dress comfortably. A two-piece outfit may be most convenient.
- An X-ray technologist will explain the procedure to you before the exam and answer any questions you might have during your exam.