The Southeastern Spine Institute

Digital X-Ray

An X-ray exam allows your physician to view the condition of your bones. X-rays, unlike MRIs, do not reveal the details of your muscles and tissue. They only are used to examine your vertebrae for damage. An X-ray exam is often the first step in diagnosing a spine problem.


Because your health is our number one priority, the Southeastern Spine Institute has invested in digital X-ray equipment. Digital X-ray imaging uses digital sensors instead of traditional photographic film, allowing your doctor to decrease the amount of radiation needed to produce the images. While doctors previously viewed conventional X-rays on a view-box, they now can view digital X-rays on a computer screen.

Because they are no longer processed as film, digital X-rays can be enhanced in a variety of ways to make them easier to view. In addition, digital X-ray technology allows your physician to view the images instantly. Digital X-rays, saved as digital files, become part of your medical record.

Digital X-rays also are environmentally friendly, as they do not require the chemicals and lead-based film associated with traditional developing.


You do not have to change your normal routine. Take your medications as normal unless you have been instructed otherwise. Please tell your doctor or the X-ray technologist if you are, or could be, pregnant.

Before your exam, you will be asked to remove or put aside any clothing or jewelry that might interfere with the X-ray image. The X-ray process itself usually takes several minutes, depending on the number of X-rays required. If you have any questions, please ask the X-ray technologist.

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