When preparing for an X-ray

For most X-rays, no special preparation is required. However, please wear loose comfortable clothing with no metal.

If you are pregnant, please tell your doctor or a patient representative before your test.

Imaging Healthcare Specialists offers digital X-ray services at our Oceanside, Encinitas, Hillcrest, Logan Heights, Chula Vista and San Diego imaging centers. Visit our locations page to find your closest location. X-rays at our offices have limited same day availability, once you arrive, if the office X-ray is full for the day, the site will assist with getting you on the schedule within the next few days.

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Digital X-ray

X-ray (radiography) is the oldest and most frequently used form of imaging to see inside the human body. It uses a focused beam and a special detector to obtain images of body anatomy. It is also a safe and generally non-invasive procedure offered at San Diego-based Imaging Healthcare Specialists.

X-rays are absorbed by different body tissues in varying degrees. Dense tissue, like bone, absorbs most x-rays and appears white on the image. Less dense tissues appear in shades of gray. X-rays that pass through air, like in the lungs and colon, aren’t absorbed at all and appear black on the image.

The X-ray is used for a variety of reasons when images of internal body structures are needed. 

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has six locations throughout the greater San Diego area that offer X-ray services. Visit our Locations page for the closest one to you!

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