General Radiography (X-ray)
Standard x-rays are performed for many reasons, including diagnosing tumors or bone injuries. X-rays are made by using external radiation to produce images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures for diagnostic purposes. X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. In a health care setting, x-rays are emitted by a machine as individual "particles" (photons). These participles pass through the body and are detected by a Computed Radiography (CR) cassette. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will block most of the photons and will appear white on the image. Structures containing air will be black on the image, while muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as shades of gray.
What can I expect during the exam?
Upon entering the room, the x-ray technologist will assist you in getting situated and comfortable on or beside the table. As the exam begins, the technologist may ask you to adjust your position in order to capture the desired images. As each image is captured, the technician will step away from the table and activate the x-ray. The exam is quick and painless.
Will I be exposed to radiation?
You will be exposed to a low dose of radiation during an x-ray. Our technologists are trained to use the minimum amount of radiation to produce the desired images.
How long will the exam take?
Most x-ray exams take just a few minutes, but could take longer depending on the area of the body to be x-rayed and the number of images to be taken.
How do I prepare for the exam?
No special preparation is required.
How will I know the results?
Following your exam, a radiologist will analyze and interpret the images from your exam and prepare a full report. This report will be sent directly to your physician who will share the results with you. To request a copy of the report, you may contact your physician's office or Midland Memorial Hospital's Medical Records Department at (432) 221-1600.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Unlike other imaging exams that require an appointment, Midland Memorial and Diagnostic Imaging Associates (Main and West Campus locations) see patients for x-ray exams without appointments. A physician referral is required.
What do I need to bring with me the day of the exam?
You will need to bring the order your physician gave you, a form of personal identification, and any insurance or Medicare information. If you are taking any medications, please print and complete the second page of the Pocket Medication Card form and bring the list with you. Please do not bring the medications. This will help expedite your visit and reduce the possibility of losing any of your medications.
Midland Memorial Hospital
400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Parkway
Midland, Texas 79701-9980