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SCRMCGeneral Radiography

General Radiography

General radiography, also called X-Ray imaging, is the most basic form of medical imaging. An X-ray is an extremely quick and painless test that allows your doctor to see what is going on inside of your body. You may associate and X-ray with broken bones, but there are actually many reasons why your doctor will suggest an X-ray at St. Croix Regional Medical Center.

Why you may need an X-ray

  • Bone fractures and infections
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lung infection
  • Enlarged heart
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Swallowed items
  • Kidney stones

What are my risks for radiation from an X-ray?

We are exposed to radiation everyday through our natural environments. Some people are hesitant to have an X-ray because they believe it will cause cell mutations that may lead to cancer. While an X-ray does expose you to small amounts of radiation, it is very minor and the benefits of the test outweigh the risks for most people. However, if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please tell your doctor. Alternative testing may be recommended.