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Radiology Terms

If you are scheduled for a dental or other medical x ray, you may want to consider learning the following terminology. Being informed will help you better communicate with the x ray technician in the radiology lab.

  • Superior - If the imaging specialist or medical doctor makes reference to a superior location on the x ray, he or she is referencing something above a reference point.
  • Inferior - Inferior is a term meaning below a set point of reference. These terms are often used on health insurance forms.
  • Cephalic - Cephalic references the upper part of the body, or toward the head.
  • Caudad - Caudad may also be used in a hospital or medical center to reference a location toward the feet.
  • Physiology - If the imaging technician, dental hygienist, or radiology doctor mentions physiology, he or she is simply referring to the physical actions of the human body.
  • Pathology - Pathology, on the other hand, is a term used if inspection of the x ray proves suspicious change. Lab tests are used to confirm the suspicion of pathology.
  • Osteology - Osteology is specifically the study of bones. This may include teeth, but often it is a sub-specialty.
  • Distal - If something is distal on your x ray, the technician or doctor means it is relatively far form the point of reference.
  • Proximal - Proximal, on the other hand, is used if the x ray machine produces an images that reveals something close to the reference point.
  • Diagnostic - Diagnostic tools, such as an x ray, bone scan or ultrasound, is used to determine a medical diagnosis for a patient.
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    Atlantic Imaging
    710 W Bay St Apt B, Tampa, FL 33606
    AHS specializes in transforming poorly performing diagnostic & therapeutic radiology centers into highly successful ones. Our services include: Billing, Marketing & Sales, Physician Integration & REV.
    (813) 254-1482
    Atlantic Imaging
    1408 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 254-1482
    Accurate X-Ray Film Duplication Inc
    3603 W Azeele St, Tampa, FL 33609
    (813) 876-0077
    Tower Diagnostics Center
    4719 N Habana Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
    (813) 875-3787
    N D E Inc
    4816 N Clark Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
    (813) 876-4180
    Martin Business J Ray
    7817 River Ridge Dr, Tampa, FL 33637
    (813) 988-5294
    Ultra Healthcare Services Inc
    21913 Us Highway 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33765
    (727) 669-5525
    Rads Mobile X-Ray
    1940 Drew St, Clearwater, FL 33765
    (727) 376-0925
    Radiance Radiology
    2146 Sunnydale Blvd Ste D, Clearwater, FL 33765
    (727) 330-7759
    Palm Harbor MRI
    32615 Us Highway 19 N Ste 5, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
    (727) 787-6900
    Central Imaging Open MRI
    6101 Central Ave, Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
    (727) 381-4674
    Professional Duplicating Service
    6499 38th Ave N Ste F2, Saint Petersburg, FL 33710
    (727) 384-9729
    Dmx
    4159 Corporate Ct Ste B, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
    (727) 942-8324
    Advanced Radiology Services
    11661 Seminole Blvd, Largo, FL 33778
    (727) 391-2316
    Rose Radiology
    2140 Duck Slough Blvd, New Port Richey, FL 34655
    (727) 786-4989


    X ray laboratories, or x ray labs for short, can be found in medical offices and radiology departments of hospitals, medical centers, and clinics. X ray is a crucial part of the diagnostic process, providing images and pictures of the body to detect anything from cancer to broken bones. X ray laboratories use radiation to examine body parts. Some are geared toward dental procedures, only taking pictures of the teeth, while others are full-body x ray and MRI machines used in hospitals for a variety of purposes. Some provide x ray inspection services on or off site, offering real time x ray inspection and scanning electron spectroscopy. Most hospitals and clinics have x ray labs on site. Small doctor's offices, however, may not have these capabilities and must send patients to area labs for radiology services. Some laboratories are affiliated with a hospital or clinic, while others operate independently and are located in a separate facility. X ray machines and equipment are operated by qualified x ray technicians, who must attend school and obtain certification in this field. They use a variety of instruments, high tech machines, imaging equipment, and supplies to perform their jobs. Some technicians have various specialties, as one may work in a dental office while another may work in a medical center. Many x ray diagnostic procedures are covered by health care insurance, at least partially. How does an x ray machine work? Basically, medical x rays are produced when a stream of electrons come to a sudden stop at a metal plate within the machinery. Because the calcium in bones absorbs these x rays the best, bone structures show up bright white on the imaging film. Soft tissues, such as organs and fat, appear gray due to the lower x ray absorption.
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