Grand Junction X-Ray Services
What is an x-ray?
An x-ray is a picture of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of x-rays and then recorded on a sensitive photographic film. Simply put, an x-ray takes a picture of your bones.
With advances in technology, x-ray images can now be recorded on a film but kept in digital form or shown on a computer screen.
Are there any risks?
There are some risks involved with x-rays, however the benefit outweighs the risk for most patients. Plain x-rays use only small amounts of radiation which can be equivocal to the amount of radiation accumulated from 2 to 3 days outside in the sun.
If able, the radiographer will cover major organs with a lead apron, which will help protect you from the radiation.
*** Female patients who are, or might be pregnant, must inform the radiographer who will cover the lower abdomen or pelvis with a lead apron since the fetus is more sensitive to radiation.
You should not worry about the radiation from the x-ray. If your doctor sends you for imaging it is because they feel it is necessary to investigate a potential problem.
Ultimately you will be cared for by a radiographer during the procedure. Your x-ray films will then be examined and reported on by the attending radiologist.
How long will it take?
The actual imaging will last only a few seconds, however the radiographer may need to take further x-rays in different positions. The process as a whole usually takes no more than 5-10 minutes.
Our clinic utilizes on site Grand Junction Diagnostics for radiology services. This facility has the capability to provide same day x-ray services with top of the line facilities geared for comfort and efficiency. The images taken at Grand Junction Diagnostics are immediately sent to the radiologists for interpretation, followed by fast reporting to our physicians. All technologists are certified through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. As a division of Primary Care Partners, Grand Junction Diagnostics is committed to providing compassionate, cost-effective and high-quality medical care to all patients.