What is X-ray?

X-ray is the most common form of medical imaging. An x-ray image is created when a small amount of radiation passes through the body to reach a digital imaging plate.

When x-rays encounter different materials they are slowed or absorbed in varying amounts, creating an image. Dense material such as bone shows up as white while softer tissues show as varying shades of gray.

Types of X-Ray Exams

Radiology

These 2D images are taken with an x-ray machine to evaluate internal structures.The X-ray technologist will move you into various positions while taking multiple exposures to take all necessary images required for the exam.


Fluoroscopy

In this procedure, x-rays are taken in real time to view the function of internal anatomy. A contrast agent is often used to highlight structures that aren’t always visible on x-rays.

Fluoroscopy is used in the following:


CT Scan

During this exam, a series of x-ray images taken from different angles are combined to create images of internal structures with greater clarity than conventional x-ray.
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Exam Duration

5 Minutes – 30 Minutes

X-Ray Pricing

Covered by Alberta Health Care (Except CT)