What is the procedure for an examination?
The examination works by photographing the shadow created when bones are exposed to x-rays, which cannot pass through bone. The method is used to detect fractures, changes in bone structure or deformities. It is a common procedure for the checking after the implantation of an artificial joint or other metal material for fusing bones, such as pins, screws and splints. This examination can also diagnose changes in the shape and position of the vertebrae. X-ray imaging is needed to evaluate the healing of a fracture or after an operation. X-ray imaging is often used to diagnose changes in bone structure, including sclerosis, protuberances, thinning and calcification. It is needed to identify degenerative changes in joints or bone tumours. During the examination, it is necessary to uncover the studied body part to ensure the x-rays are not blocked by metal obstacles (belt, mobile phone, buttons, chains, etc.). The patient puts on a protective lead jacket to reduce the side effects of radiation on the parts of the body that are not being examined. The patient receives the results immediately. A soft tissue scan using MRI is then carried out if necessary.
How long does an examination last?
The length of an examination depends on the difficulty of the examining the required area; it usually lasts between 5 and 10 minutes.
Will the examination hurt?
The examination is pain free but should not be repeated too often because of the harmful effects of x-ray radiation. It is absolutely inadmissible for pregnant women.
How should I prepare for the examination?
The examination does not require special preparation.