X-rays are a common, effective and safe way for your provider to view and diagnose medical problems. MaineHealth offers a complete set of medical imaging services supported by board-certified radiologists and specially trained technicians.
Contact your provider immediately or visit your local urgent care or emergency room, if you believe you or your loved one may have a broken bone or other medical problem that needs to be examined and treated.
X-rays allow medical providers to see the inside of your body. X-rays are especially helpful in providing images of a patient’s bones. X-rays are quick, safe and effective as a diagnostic tool. X-rays use electromagnetic waves, which are absorbed differently by each tissue. The X-rays show white when a structure absorbs more radiation. This is why bones look white, muscle and fat look gray, and air looks black.
Sometimes a dye is used to highlight different areas of the body in the X-ray. The dye is made of iodine or barium. It can help show the X-ray image in greater detail. It is given by shot or swallowed, and then spreads throughout the body.
X-rays give off small doses of radiation. It is best not to expose unborn babies to X-rays. Tell your doctor if you are or could be pregnant before your procedure. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to contrast material (barium or iodine). Keep your technician and doctor updated on how you are feeling after you are given the contrast material.
X-rays often check for broken bones. They also can help to diagnose:
Cancer and tumors
Digestive tract issues
Abnormal objects swallowed or inhaled
Your doctor will explain the reason for the X-ray. Your doctor may order an X-ray to rule out or confirm a condition.
Brighton First Care in Portland, Maine, offers inpatient, outpatient, urgent care services, and medical education training. Free on-site parking available. Brighton Campus includes the following services:
- Brighton FirstCare, a walk-in urgent care center for everyday emergencies is open 7 Days a week 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
- New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland
- Radiology services
- NorDx laboratory services
- The Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation, and Simulation
- MMC Pre-Operative Readiness Education Program – Preadmission Testing Unit
- MMC Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Healing
335 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: (207) 662-8000