X-ray examinations are among the most widely used medical imaging techniques to diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions. Honolulu Imaging Center’s advanced digital x-ray equipment enables faster scan processing and requires less radiation than conventional x-ray (radiography) machines.
Preparing for your X-Ray exam
Your physician or our staff will provide specific instructions to prepare you, as certain exams require different preparation. A typical x-ray exam requires no special preparation.
Eating: If you are scheduled for a diagnostic x-ray using a contrast agent, you may be asked to refrain from eating prior to the exam. Check with you physician or call our office for instructions.
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
One of our friendly technologists will position you on the x-ray table and place the x-ray digital recording plate under the table in the area of the body being imaged. A lead apron may be placed over your pelvic or chest area, when feasible, to protect from radiation.
To achieve the clearest image possible, you should hold very still and may be asked to hold your breath while the x-ray image is taken. Once you are in the correct position, our technologist will activate the x-ray machine.
Depending on the type of scan(s) your physician requested, you may be repositioned for another view and the process will be repeated. Two or three images (from different angles) will be taken around a joint (knee, elbow or wrist).
HOW LONG WILL MY X-RAY EXAM TAKE?
A bone x-ray examination is usually completed within 5-10 minutes.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY X-RAY EXAM?
There are no lasting affects from an x-ray exam. You may move around and drive immediately after your procedure.
WHEN WILL I GET MY RESULTS?
Honolulu Imaging Center offers a 24-hour turnaround time on all interpretations. The final results will be given to your referring physician as soon as the images are interpreted and analyzed by one of our subspecialty-trained radiologists. Your doctor will share the results with you.