Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why are there so many films needed?
A: The body is a three dimensional structure, but an X-ray is only two-dimensional. Thus, on a single X-ray the different parts of the body are superimposed on one another or may overlap one another. By taking more than one X-ray in different positions, we can better visualize the bones and soft tissues to detect an abnormality.
Q: Can the X-ray technologist tell me what they see in my X-rays?
A: The technologists are not qualified to read your X-rays. Their expertise is to ensure the quality is good enough for the radiologist to interpret them.
Q: Can my doctor look at them instead of the radiologist?
A: A radiologist is a medical doctor specially trained to interpret X-rays. At Tyler Radiology Associates, all of our radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. Your doctor may request to see your X-rays in addition to having the radiologist interpret them. In this case, you can take your films with you after the radiologist has read them, or your doctor may request that the films be sent directly to his office by our office.
Q: Does my doctor need to see my X-rays?
A: Usually a written report from the radiologist is sufficient. Some doctors such as orthopedic surgeons and chiropractors do need to see the X-rays and will ask you to bring the films.
Q: How and when will I get the results of the exam?
A: Your doctor should receive a written report in a few business days. If requested by your physician, a report can be called to him/her the day of the exam. You can get the results from your doctor.