In reasonable cases it can be performed for all age-groups.
Only upon the recommendation of a physician, depending on the symptoms. In diagnosed cases follow-up is in accordance with the professional rules (traumatology, orthopedic surgery, pulmonology etc.).
During X-ray examinations ionizing radiation is used that may have harmful effects on the body. However, with proper indication, the information content of the examination is more beneficial for the patient health than the risk of the radiation exposure. On behalf of minimizing the radiation exposure, our institution emphasizes the radiation protection of the patients and workers in accordance with the prevailing legislation.
Examinations can only be performed with the referral of a physician, with booking an appointment or immediately in case of an emergency.
The examination does not have immediate side-effects.
Depending on the desired examination, the patient is instructed to remove his or her clothes and takes a seat in the examination room. The examination can be performed in a standing (e.g. chest X-ray), sitting (e.g. wrist X-ray) or lying (e.g. hip or spine X-ray) position. The patient is then positioned. The body parts that will not to be examined are covered with a lead apron for the radiation protection. The assistant places a cassette/detector next to the body part to be examined, and turns the X-ray tube facing the cassette that is in 1-1.5m distance from the body part. The assistant leaves the examination room for the time of the exposure (a few seconds), but will stay in contact with the patient through a window.
Most examinations are performed motionless, holding the breath during exposure. After exposure the cassette is developed (1.5 minutes) or the image is sent from the detector to the workstation. The image is then inspected by the radiologist specialist. Meanwhile the patient is waiting in the examination room. If the physician finds the examination successful, the assistant will inform the patient that he or she can leave the examination room. However, additional records may be taken if necessary.
The examinations do not require any preparation at home. The patient may eat or drink. The regularly used medications should be taken. Right before the examination, clothes and accessories containing metal (necklace, earrings, watch etc.) should be removed from the body part to be examined.
It depends on the requested number of images. One exposure is ready in a split of a second, however; altogether it may take 5-15 minutes because of the preparation, the adjustments and the visualization of the image.
It does not come with any pain.
The patient will receive the medical report right after the examination.