Digital X-Rays at Fitter Feet for Life
'Fitter feet for life' has a high quality digital x-ray processor. This allows magnification to diagnose defects in joints that are otherwise hard to detect by traditional X-Rays. The software allows accurate measurement of deformities and degrees of arthritis which is beneficial for diagnosis, treatment and for accurate surgical planning.
What is an x-ray?
X-rays are a form of radiation like light or radio waves, which pass through most objects, including the body. Different parts of the body absorb the x-rays in varying degrees. Dense bone absorbs most of the radiation while soft tissue, such as muscle, fat and organs, allow more of the x-rays to pass through them. As a result, bones appear white on the x-ray, soft tissue shows up in shades of gray and air appears black.
How does x-ray work?
An x-ray machine produces a controlled source of radiation that passes through the body, recording an image on a special digital image recording plate.
What do I need to do before the x-ray?
Most bone x-rays don’t require any special preparation. However, women should always inform the radiologist if there is any chance they are pregnant: many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy so as not to expose the foetus to radiation.
What happens during the x-ray?
At your appointment, you may be asked to remove your shoes socks or tights. You’ll be asked to stay as still as possible whilst the x-ray is taken, to ensure a clear image is produced.
How long will it take?
The process of taking the film will last only a few minutes, but tit may be necessary to take further X-rays at different exposures or, different positions. This usually takes no more than 5 - 10 minutes, and your total time in the Department should be about 20 minutes.