Digital X-ray

Digital X-Ray Imaging

Clermont Radiology - Digital X-ray

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, just like visible light. X-ray machines send individual x-ray particles, called photons. These particles pass through the body. At Clermont Radiology a computer is used to record the digital images that are created. X-ray imaging is still the most commonly used technique in radiology.

To make a radiograph, a part of the body is exposed to a small quantity of x-rays. X-rays are safe when properly used by a radiologist and technologist specially trained to minimize exposure. No radiation remains afterward. X-rays are used to image every part of the body.

An X-ray machine is essentially a camera. Instead of visible light, however, it uses X-rays to expose the image. X-rays are like light in that they are electromagnetic waves, but they are more energetic so they can penetrate many materials to varying degrees. Since bone, fat, muscle, tumors and other masses all absorb X-rays at different levels; you see different shaded structures on the image.