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Procedures

X-ray

What is an x-ray?
This is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Discovered more than a century ago, x-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally on a computer screen.

X-ray imaging is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones, such as skull fractures and spine injuries. Dense tissues in the body, such as bones, block or absorb many of the x-rays and appear white on an x-ray picture.

More x-rays pass through less dense tissues, such as muscles and organs, which appear in shades of gray.

How should I prepare for an x-ray?
There is usually no preparation required for an x-ray. Most x-ray exams are performed on a walk-in basis at Allenmore Medical Building-C, Auburn MultiCare Health Center, MultiCare Auburn Medical Center, Covington MultiCare Clinic, Kent MultiCare Clinic, Baker Center Imaging Clinic (located across Martin Luther King Jr. Way from Tacoma General Hospital) and Mary Bridge Children's Health Center. A referral form from your healthcare provider is required for an x-ray exam. 

What can I expect during an x-ray?
You will be asked to position your body and hold still so that a clear x-ray image can be obtained.

Common Types of X-ray
Abdominal X-ray
Arthrogram (Joint X-ray)
Chest X-ray
Extremity X-ray
Facial X-ray
Skull X-ray
Spinal X-ray