Radiology Exams

Digital X-Ray Imaging

St. Louis Xrays

The Basics – What is an X-ray?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a method of obtaining images inside the human body by exposing a specific part of the body with a minimal dose of ionizing radiation. An x-ray is the oldest and most used form of medical imaging. X-rays are the fastest and easiest way for a physician to view and diagnose: fractures, joint dislocations, fluid buildup on joints and other medical conditions.

X-ray images are created by sending radiation using magnetic waves through your body to capture an image of the inside of your body. X-rays are black and white images: bones look white on x-ray images because the calcium in bones absorbs the most radiation, while lungs look black because the air in lungs absorbs the least amount of radiation. Fat and tissue absorb less radiation than bones but more than lungs so these appear gray on X-ray images.

Are X-rays Dangerous?
Although the word radiation has a negative connotation, X-rays actually emit as much radiation as your body would receive in a 10-day period just from your natural environment. If you are in need of an X-ray, the information resulting from an X-ray far outweighs the risk of radiation from the X-ray.

Walk-In X-ray Imaging at Watson Imaging

St. Joseph, MO Xray

How Do I Get an X-Ray?
It’s easy! X-rays are walk-in only. Once you have a doctor’s referral, walk right in to either one of our offices in St. Louis or St. Joseph to get your X-ray. We do not take appointments, but there is usually little wait time to get an X-ray. The process itself takes only minimal time to complete!

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With our convenient office hours, many procedures can take only ten minutes or less and walk-in x-rays are welcome. Please note that we do not perform ultrasounds on Saturdays.

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St. Louis, MO - Hours
Monday - Thursday
8am - 4pm
Friday
8am - 2pm
2nd / 4th Saturday
8am - 12pm
St. Joseph, MO - Hours
Monday - Thursday
8am - 4pm
Friday
Closed