X-ray exams work by sending beams of energy through the body. Bones and other dense materials, like a foreign object inside the body, absorb more of this energy than organs and soft tissues absorb. A special X-ray camera detects this energy to produce pictures of the internal structures. The bones appear white or gray on the x-ray image, while soft tissues appear darker.

Typically, two or three X-rays are taken depending on the part of the body that is being viewed. It’s important to be still as possible, and you may be asked to hold your breath to inhibit movement from blurring the images

An X-ray machine produces a small burst of radiation that passes through the body, recording an image digitally.

Different parts of the body absorb the X-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs much of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more of the X-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the x-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray and air appears black.

No appointment is needed, and while we do our best to reduce the amount of time you may wait, you may have a slight wait for your exam. However, we’ll keep you comfortable as possible, and let you know how long your wait will be at check-in.

Fluoroscopy is an X-ray imaging technique that captures moving pictures of internal structures and displays them on a video monitor like a DVD movie. Radiologists can use fluoroscopy to view internal organs in motion and, with the help of contrast material, to assess organ function. The tool is also used to guide needle placement during myelography and joint injections.

Fluoroscopy is only available at our Woodbridge Imaging Center. Please call 703.824.3228 to schedule an appointment, or if you prefer you may request to schedule an appointment online