X-Ray FAQs

Q: Can I have a copy of my report?

A: Yes. Please contact the site where your study was performed to request a copy of your imaging report.

Q: Why do you have to take so many films?

A: The body is a three dimensional structure, but an X-ray is only two-dimensional. Thus, on a single X-ray the different parts of the body are superimposed on one another or may overlap one another. By taking more than one X-ray in different positions, we can better visualize the bones and soft tissues to detect an abnormality.

Q: Will the X-Ray technologist see anything wrong with my X-rays?

A: The technologists are not qualified to read your X-rays. When they check them, it is to make sure the quality is good enough for the radiologist to interpret them.

Q: Why does the radiologist have to look at my films? Doesn’t my doctor look at them?

A: A radiologist is a medical doctor specially trained to interpret X-rays and other imaging tests. At RIMI all of our radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. Sometimes your doctor will request to see your X-rays in addition to having the radiologist interpret them. In this case, you can take your films with you after the radiologist has read them.

Q: Does my doctor need to see my X-rays?

A: Usually a written report from the radiologist is sufficient. Some doctors, however, may wish to see a copy of the study and will ask you to bring a copy with you.

Q: Why aren’t patients taken in the order they arrive?

A: At RIMI we offer many services in addition to X-rays, which require different equipment. Another person in the waiting room may be having an ultrasound or CT scan and thus is waiting in a different “line”.

Q: How and when will I get the results of the exam?

A: Your doctor should receive a written report in 2 to 3 business days. If requested by your physician, or if there is an urgent finding, a report will be called in to him/her the day of the exam. You can get the results from your doctor.

Q: Should I be concerned about the amount of radiation I receive?

A: Radiation safety is of paramount importance to Rhode Island Medical Imaging. Our equipment and exam protocols are regularly evaluated to ensure that the lowest amount of radiation is used that will still result in the highest quality imaging.  RIMI participates in the national programs called Image Gently and Image Wisely to ensure we provide the safest exams possible.