X-ray exams are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. X-rays may be taken to measure growth, identify bone problems, diagnose congenital defects, detect disease, or monitor changes in bone development.

X-ray Orders

X-rays are taken only when ordered by a doctor. The doctor specifies the part of your body to be X-rayed. A certified radiologic technologist operates the X-ray equipment. 

Preparing for Your X-ray Exam

Undergarments, clothing, jewelry and other objects can interfere with what the doctors need to see on an X-ray image. You may be asked to change clothing for your exam.  Please wear only the gowns or paper coverings we provide when you are instructed to do so.

Your Exam

The radiologic technologist will call you and your family into to the X-ray exam room, inform you about your X-ray and perform the exam. You must remain still while the X-ray is being taken.  If you need help to hold still, someone may hold you.  The radiologic technologist may use positioning sponges or soft straps to support you.

X-ray Safety

Gillette uses digital X-ray to deliver quality diagnostic results while reducing radiation exposure. Protective shielding is used to cover the patient’s reproductive organs when possible. Any other people in the room when the X-ray is being taken also wear protective aprons. The radiologic technologist must know if a girl or woman is pregnant. This includes patients being X-rayed or women staying in the room during the exam. Extra precautions can be taken for women who are pregnant and who must have an X-ray exam. 

Reviewing Your Films

Your X-ray is processed and delivered to your doctor, who will inform you of the results. The films are also reviewed by a pediatric radiologist who specializes in the interpretation of X-rays. 

If you have any questions regarding your X-ray exam, please talk with your doctor or contact Imaging at 651-229-3817. 

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team.