General Radiology (X- Rays) and Fluoroscopy

An X-ray, or general radiology, is a painless, non-invasive procedure that creates images of a patient’s internal organs or bones to aid in diagnosis and treatment. It’s the oldest and most commonly used type of medical imaging.

At Brookwood Diagnostic Center, we perform digital X-ray imaging, which is the gold standard of today’s medical imaging practices.

During an exam, an X-ray machine directs a small amount of radiation at the part of the body being examined. The radiation passes through the body and creates an image on photographic film or a computer display.

Do I need an appointment for an X-ray?

Routine X-rays do not require an appointment, and walk-ins are welcome with a physician’s order.

However, certain X-ray exams and fluoroscopy exams do require an appointment and special preparation. Please call 205-802-6900 to make an appointment for any specialty X-ray exams.

What are some common uses of X-ray?

X-ray exams help doctors identify and treat a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Arthritis
  • Joint injuries
  • Pneumonia

What are the benefits of digital X-ray?

Digital X-ray provides several important benefits to both patients and physicians:

  • Faster than analog X-ray
  • Reduces repeat exposures
  • Maximizes image quality
  • Can highlight or magnify areas of interest
  • Can electronically view images and reports, expediting patient care

How should I prepare for an X-ray exam?

Routine X-ray exams do not require special preparation. However, certain X-ray exams, including intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and fluoroscopy exams, do require special preparation. Please contact us to make an appointment for any specialty X-ray exams.

If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please inform your technologist. We may recommend another type of exam.

Get more information about preparing for your visit.

What should I expect during an X-ray exam?

X-ray exams depend on the area of the body being examined. We will fully explain each step of the process prior to the exam, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Throughout the process, we will make every effort to ensure you are as comfortable as possible.

What will I experience during an X-ray exam?

X-ray exams are completely painless and very safe. If your exam requires you to lie on an X-ray table, you may experience slight discomfort due to the hard surface.

Depending on the type of X-ray exam, your technologist may be able to place a pad on the table for your comfort.