What is a Bone X-ray? 

A bone X-ray shows pictures of the bones of the body such as the hand, wrist, arm, foot, ankle, knee, leg or spine.

Common Uses for a Bone X-ray:

  • Finds out whether a bone is broken or if a joint is out of place.

  • Makes certain that a fracture has been properly placed for healing.

  • Indicates if there is a buildup of fluid in the joint or around a bone.

  • Guides surgery, such as spinal repair, joint replacement and fracture reductions.

  • Detects infection, arthritis, unusual bone growths or other bone diseases.

  • Assists in finding cancer.

  • Locates foreign objects.

  • Detects changes in bones.

How Do I Prepare for a Bone X-ray?

Most bone X-rays require no special preparation. You may be asked to remove some clothing. You will be given a hospital gown to wear. You may be asked to remove any jewelry, eyeglasses and metal objects that might alter the X-ray pictures.

Before the exam, tell your doctor and/or technologist if you are or might be pregnant or are breastfeeding. Before your procedure bring your insurance information, personal identification, prescription for the exam and any prior studies and reports for comparison to today’s scan.

What Happens During the Bone X-ray?

The radiology technologist may ask you to lie down on a table for the bone X-ray. The technologist may also ask you to turn on your side.

What Happens After the Exam?

You can return to normal activities and usual diet, unless told otherwise by your doctor. 

About Our Staff and Equipment 

The equipment of HUMC Radiology is maintained in excellent condition. All of our equipment meets federal government standards.

Radiologists who are certified by the American Board of Radiology operate our radiology center. Our technologists are licensed by the State of New Jersey and are certified by The American Registry. With top-tier certifications and licenses given to its staff, our Radiology Department is able to provide quality services to patients in Northern New Jersey and beyond.

Survey and Contact Information

You may receive a survey by mail. We are asking for feedback on how we can improve our services and care. Please take a few minutes to reply. We would appreciate your input in order to provide the highest quality of care.  

If you have any questions, please call our Radiology Department at 551-996-2245.



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