Radiography is a technique that uses X-rays. These are high-energy electromagnetic waves that penetrate the body and lead to differing exposures of the X-ray film due to different densities of the organs. This examination method continues to play an important role in medical diagnostics, particularly in the imaging of bones and their changes. We use X-rays on our patients, among other things, before surgery to detect instabilities of the spine and after surgery to check implants.
Before the examination, you must remove any objects that are in the area to be examined (such as jewellery, hair clips or underwire bra) and leave them in the changing room. Our specialist staff will then position you correctly for the X-ray. To ensure the best possible image quality and protect you from exposure to radiation, we ask you not to move during the X-ray and to follow the instructions of our specialist staff.
We only use digital X-ray systems. These systems are significantly more radiation-sensitive than conventional X-ray systems, which means that the radiation dose that is required is much smaller.
As the images are stored electronically, we are able to process and edit the images at any time. The option to subsequently magnify an image and change its contrast increases both the diagnostic certainty and diagnostic clarity.
It is also easier to archive and send images. This saves time and, in the long term, will also help save costs and minimise the impact on the environmental as films and chemicals are not used.
There are no absolute contraindications for digital X-rays. Pregnant women and children, however, should only be examined in exceptional cases and after strict indication.