What is an X-Ray?

X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-rays can produce diagnostic images of the human body on film or digitally that allow doctors to view and assess broken bones. X-rays are an important tool in guiding orthopedic surgery and in the treatment of sports-related injuries. X-rays may uncover more advanced forms of cancer in bones, although early screening for cancer findings requires other methods.

What are some common uses of X-Ray?
  • Assist doctors in identifying and treating bone fractures
  • View, monitor or diagnosis joint injuries and infections, arthritis, artery blockages or abdominal pain
  • Detection and diagnosis of cancer, although usually CT or MRI is better at defining the extent and nature of a suspected cancer

How should I prepare for this procedure?
There is no special preparation required for most bone x-rays. You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination and remove jewelry, eyeglasses, and any metal objects during the exam. Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.

Does it hurt?
You will not feel anything during the exposure. It is the same as having your picture taken with a regular camera.

What can I expect during this procedure?
An x-ray exam usually takes five minutes to half an hour. The technologist positions you on the exam table and place a film holder under the table in the body to be imaged. Pillows may be used to help you hold the proper position. Then the technologist steps behind a radiation barrier and asks you to hold very still, without breathing for a few seconds. The x-ray equipment is activated, sending a beam of x-rays through the body to expose the film. The technologist then repositions you for another view, and the process is repeated as necessary. When your x-rays are completed you will be asked to wait until the technologist checks the images.

Do I get a lot of radiation from this test?
The amount of radiation dose you receive will be much less than the nationally acceptable dose for entrance exposures for your exam. Strict guidelines and regulations exist in Sacramento Imaging for all Imaging facilities and Medical Radiation Technologists to ensure patient safety and protection.

Can I refuse an x-ray examination?
Yes. If you do, please inform your physician that you have, as it may determine your treatment.

Thank you for choosing Sacramento Imaging Center!
We look forward to serving you. In an effort to make your check-in process easier and quicker, please download the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment, along with a valid patient ID. If you have any questions, give us a call at 916-905-5363 or email us at hello@sacimaging.com.

X-Ray Pricing

To help you make the best financial decision about your medical costs, Sacramento Imaging offers a cash pay price in all diagnostic ultrasound scans. The cash pay price is the price you pay in full before a medical procedure.

Note: The cash pay price does not include physician fees; they are additional.*

Paying the medical cost before the time of service can mean significant savings to you. Medical costs can vary for each individual, depending on the type of procedure you have, your insurance benefit coverage and deductible. If you have insurance coverage, and you select a cash pay price, Sacramento Imaging does not bill the insurance for these services.