ARA Health partners with Mission Health to offer the best of the best in X-ray technology. Our subspecialty-trained radiologists continually have an eye toward the latest innovations to ensure our patients have access to state-of-the-art imaging paired with advanced care and communication platforms, streamlining delivery of results and possible treatment plans.>


About X-ray

X-ray, or radiography, uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the body's internal structures. X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging that help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. It's particularly useful for assessing bones, teeth, and internal organs. During an X-ray, beams of light pass through the body to create black, white, and gray photos.

X-ray technology is commonly used in the following imaging studies:

X-Ray has long been the trusted standard for detecting fractures (broken bones). Safe, painless, and non-invasive, X-Ray studies use beams of light to provide physicians with a look inside the body. X-Ray images appear black, white, and gray, able to highlight bones that are broken, chipped, or displaced.
Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) can identify low bone density, such as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones, leading to an increased risk of fractures to the spine, hips, and wrists. DEXA can help detect osteoporosis at an early stage, allowing for treatment before the condition progresses.
A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast. It is commonly used for breast cancer screening, but mammography also is used to investigate symptoms (like a lump or changes to breast skin) or abnormalities that were flagged by other imaging tests. Traditional mammograms create 2D images of the breast, while the newer 3D mammogram (also known as breast tomosynthesis) creates 3D images of the breast, allowing physicians to view the breast in layers.

Learn more about breast health and screening for breast cancer.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500 with any additional questions or concerns.

How do I prepare for an X-ray?
X-ray exams are quick and simple. Before your test, let your technologist know if you have any metal in your body or if there's a chance you may be pregnant.
What can I expect during an X-ray?
You will be asked to remain as still as possible during your X-ray. A lead apron may be used to shield part of your body from the X-rays. If your chest or abdomen is being examined, you may be instructed to take a deep breath and hold it for a few moments.