April 28, 2017

X-ray FAQs

Imaging | Urgent Care

What is an X-ray?

MRI and X-rays produce different types of images. An MRI shows better contrast between different kinds of soft tissue, while an X-ray clearly shows the contrast between soft tissue and bone density. Sometimes your physician may need both types of exams to determine the best diagnosis and treatment.

Are there any people who shouldn’t get an X-ray?

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant you should inform your physician and technologist prior to your exam.

Why do I have to hold my breath for some X-ray views?

When you breathe, your diaphragm moves and this can blur the image. You will also be asked to hold very still while your X-ray is being taken.

Why do I need to change into a gown or shorts?

Any buttons, zippers, embroidery or jewelry can obscure your X-ray image. We may have you remove your glasses for certain views.

Are X-rays harmful?

Your physician has prescribed this X-ray examination to help in the diagnosis of your injury. All radiation doses—including background radiation (this is radiation received from the earth), are considered to be harmful. However, as a diagnostic tool, the benefits of medical X-rays (a highly controlled dose) greatly outweighs the small, possible harmful effects that may be induced. You do have the right to refuse the X-ray examination.

How long will my X-ray take?

The length of your X-ray depends on which particular study or studies your physician has ordered. Most exams are quick and painless.

How long will it take to get my results?

OrthoIndy physicians will read the images of your exam. The report of your exam is available to your physician generally within 24 hours. Your physician will discuss your test findings with you.

Can my family be present during the exam?

A friend or family member is welcome to come with you; however, they will have to wait outside of the room during your X-ray.

What will happen to me during the registration process?

You will be registered the day of your exam. This process takes about 15 minutes. You will be asked to provide your medical history in detail and sign consent forms.

Can I bring CD’s, or listen to music?

Your choice of music is available through Satellite radio. The scanner will interfere with your devices and therefore cannot be allowed into the scan room.

What if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel your exam, please call us at least one day in advance at 317.802.2420.

What should I bring to the exam?

  • Please remember to bring all insurance information and ID cards.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown, but frequently a sweat suit or similar garment without any metal (zippers, metal buttons or snaps) is sufficient.
  • If you were instructed by your physician to obtain previous CT scans or MRI films, please remember to bring them with you.
  • Please leave all your valuables at home since you will not be able to wear most jewelry and watches in the scan room. The scan can affect these items. Lockers are available for safekeeping, but we cannot take responsibility for lost or stolen items.
  • You will be given specific instructions, depending on the area to be examined.

What are my rights as a patient?

We are committed to maintaining the rights of patients and will assure patient confidentiality, dignity, privacy and the right for you to understand and consent to the test.

Can I receive copies of my scan reports?

Upon your request, your films and reports are available for you to pick up. There may be a charge for medical records.  Please call us at 317.802.2459 to request copies.

What about payment for my X-ray?

The charges for your scan are usually covered by Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicaid, various HMO’s and government employee programs, as well as by commercial insurance companies. As a courtesy, staff will verify your insurance coverage and inform you of any payment responsibility. For any balance, we accept MasterCard, Visa, personal checks or cash for payment. Please note that you will be billed separately by the radiologist for the read fee.

OrthoIndy Imaging offers X-ray (at most OrthoIndy locations), MRI, CT scans and ultrasound scans (CT and ultrasound available at OrthoIndy Hospital Main location only). Learn more about Imaging at OrthoIndy.

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