Plain radiographs (often called "plain Xrays" - but you can't see the X-rays, only the images created by them) can be obtained using a variety of imaging methods, and they all require exposing the patient to X-Ray radiation. The image or picture is basically a shadow of the parts of the patient that absorb or block the X-Rays. The image can be collected on photosensitive film, on a digital imaging plate, or on a flouroscope. The image is a "photographic negative" of the object - the "shadows" are white regions (where the X-rays were blocked by the object). Plain radiographs ("plain films") are usually taken by a trained Registered Radiologic Technologist. The resulting films are then interpreted by the Radiologist to make a diagnosis.
Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Sunday, December 19, 2004 Rating: