General X-Ray

General diagnostic exams may be ordered by your physician to diagnose conditions in the chest, bone, sinuses, skull, or spine. It is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. X-ray is the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and assess broken bones. It can also be used to diagnose and monitor the progression of degenerative diseases.

Unlike most forms of radiation, x-rays can pass through body tissue, making it possible to provide images of internal structures without performing surgery. During the procedure, electormagnetic radiation passes through the body onto film. Dense structures such as bone absorb most of the radiation and appear white on developed film. Structures that are less dense appear in lighter shades of gray and black.

There is no special preparation required for most x-rays. Once you arrive, you may be asked by the technologist to change into a gown before your examination. You will also be asked to remove jewlery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images. During the procedure you may be standing up or laying down on an examination table.

There is little reason to worry about the small amount of radiation you will be exposed to when you receive an x-ray. However, if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your physician or technologist before the test is performed, as special precautions may have to be taken.

General X-Ray is available at the following locations:

Calvert Medical Imaging Center7:00am to 5:30pm7:00am to 5:30pm7:00am to 5:30pm7:00am to 5:30pm7:00am to 5:00pm8:00am to 12:00pm 
Fleet Street8:00am to 5:00pm8:00am to 5:00pm8:00am to 5:00pm8:00am to 5:00pm8:00am to 5:00pm  
Howard County7:30am to 5:15pm7:00am to 5:15pm7:00am to 5:15pm7:00am to 5:15pm7:30am to 5:15pm8:30am to 11:30am 
Waldorf8:00am to 4:30pm8:00am to 4:30pm8:00am to 4:30pm8:00am to 4:30pm8:00am to 4:30pm  

*General X-ray may not be offered every Saturday at Owings Mills please call the site for weekends this will be available.
*General X-ray is offerred every 2nd and 4th Saturday at Timonium Crossing from 8am – 11:30am .

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