Before your physician can treat your illness or injury, he or she must first understand your condition. This process of understanding is termed medical diagnosis.
One way of obtaining diagnostic information is by the formation and interpretation of images of parts of the body that are ordinarily hidden from view beneath the surface.
Radiography is a quick, safe and inexpensive method of forming such images by the use of x-rays.
The imaging procedure is performed by a radiology technologist. You will be asked to assume a standard position and to remain still during the exposure of the image, which is instantaneous.
More than one image may be obtained in a single examination. Your images will then be interpreted by a radiologist, who is a specialist in the detection, localization and identification of abnormalities on radiographic images.
Diagnostic information obtained in this way will be promptly conveyed to your physician to be used in planning of your treatment.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provide descriptions of various procedures relating to the Musculoskeletal (MSK) System on their jointly developed site, RadiologyInfo.org .