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X-Rays at RCI

What is an x-ray?

X-rays, or radiographs, are painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. They are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays and radiation, like light or radio waves, pass through most objects, including the body. Once carefully aimed at the part of the body being examined, 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.

X-ray exams performed at RCI:

  • Head/Neck
  • Chest
  • Spine (including scoliosis)
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Extremities

How do I make an appointment for an x-ray at RCI?

When you need a low-cost x-ray in Cedar Rapids, turn to RCI. No appointment is necessary for a general x-ray procedure—our general x-ray services are on a walk-in basis at our Imaging Center in Cedar Rapids. Please have your physician's order with you.

How should I prepare for my x-ray at RCI?

There is no preparation for an x-ray, although patients may be asked to change into a gown or shorts to eliminate any interference from metal objects on your clothing.

What can I expect?

Generally, 2 or 3 x-rays will be taken, depending on the body part that is being viewed. You will be asked to remain as still as possible during the very short exposure time. If necessary, you will be instructed to hold your breath in order to prevent motion from blurring the images. You can return to normal activities once your x-ray is complete.

After your x-ray at RCI

You can leave immediately after your x-ray. Your RCI radiologist will review your x-rays and send the results to your physician. Your doctor will discuss the results with you. Please allow your physician time to review your results. Urgent findings will be called to your physician.

For more information on this and other radiology procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org.

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RCI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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