To get a high-quality digital image, the patient must adhere to the following algorithm of actions:
- take the position of the body and limbs recommended by the radiologist, and do not move until the end of the procedure;
- from the moment the device is turned on, it is advisable to hold your breath: this is necessary if an X-ray of the lungs or thoracic spine, as well as the lower back and abdominal organs is performed.
The interpretation of the result is carried out by a specialist immediately after the procedure; the patient's participation in this process is not required. The radiologist examines the resulting image, assesses the pathological changes and makes a conclusion. For most patients, the decryption is handed out personally to the hands some time after the end of the study, however, it is possible to transfer the information directly to the computer to the attending physician. 
After the digital X-ray procedure, the patient can go home or to the hospital, depending on the situation. If the patient cannot move independently, then he is transported by accompanying persons - medical workers or relatives.
Digital x-ray of the lungs
A digital x-ray of the lungs can be recommended by a doctor for various reasons - both for diagnosis and for assessing the dynamics of the disease or for preventive purposes during medical examinations. Most often, the procedure is prescribed:
- with pneumonia;
- pleurisy, bronchitis;
- tumor processes in the lungs;
- with tuberculosis, etc.
If the patient goes to the doctor and voices complaints about a prolonged cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, a feeling of heaviness and wheezing, then X-ray diagnostics will be recommended for him. Standard prophylactic fluorography can also be done digitally, which is safer and faster.
Digital X-ray is especially recommended for pregnant women, children, medical workers, military personnel, patients who have suffered from tuberculosis, patients with chronic respiratory pathologies, as well as all those who, for one reason or another, have to undergo frequent X-ray examinations. The use of a digital analog will significantly reduce the total radiation exposure to the body.
Digital chest x-ray
A chest X-ray is always prescribed for strict indications. For example, the procedure is indicated if the patient complains of shortness of breath, hemoptysis, chest pain, if there is an injury to a difficult part (spine, sternum, collarbone or ribs). Diagnosis is done when lung inflammation, malignant tumors are suspected.
What a chest x-ray shows:
- emphysema of the lungs;
- malignant neoplasms;
- chest trauma, foreign bodies in the respiratory system;
- cardiac tamponade, effusion pericarditis.
To interpret the results, the specialist will analyze the foci of darkening and shadows, and the accuracy of the image will depend on the accuracy of following the instructions during the study, as well as on how correctly the projection was selected and set. 
When assessing a digital image, the doctor must take into account the tissue structure, size and shape of the lungs, the features of the pulmonary fields, the localization of the mediastinal organs. The foci of darkening can mean an inflammatory process, and light spots in the picture of the lungs - for a violation of the parenchyma with the formation of abscesses, cavities, etc.
Digital X-ray of the spine
Performing a digital X-ray of the spine has some peculiarities. The study itself does not present any difficulty, it is safe and lasts no more than 10-20 minutes. Before the procedure, the patient must take off his clothes (most often they undress to the waist if there is no need to diagnose the coccyx area).
The neck and lumbar region are the most mobile segments of the spine, therefore, in their study, the use of functional tests is relevant. The radiologist may ask the patient to tilt or turn his head, bend or straighten, lie down, raise his arms, etc. It is very important to give the spine the necessary position so that the required area is most “open” for imaging.
The region of the sacrum, coccyx, and also the thoracic region is not so mobile, so they are taken using two projections. The patient can sit down or lie down: a specialist radiologist will tell you the best position of the body.
Patients with spinal injuries are transported on stretchers for digital x-rays.
Digital X-ray of the stomach with barium
A digital X-ray of the stomach is a type of abdominal fluoroscopy that helps to examine organ pathologies. Peptic ulcer disease, polyps, dystrophic and inflammatory processes, and oncological neoplasms are targeted. During the procedure, the doctor can pay attention to the organs located in the immediate vicinity: the esophagus and duodenum.
Before prescribing a digital X-ray to a patient, the doctor must rule out the likelihood of the patient developing an allergy to the contrast component. If everything is in order, the patient is advised to adhere to a special diet for three days.
When performing an X-ray, the subject drinks two sips of a special substance (barium), after which the specialist fixes an image of the esophageal walls. Then the patient drinks about 200 ml more of the contrast agent, and the radiologist fixes the image of the stomach.
The whole procedure usually takes about half an hour. If you need to visualize the duodenum, then you need to wait a little longer for the barium to enter the organ cavity.
Pictures can be captured from different angles: the patient lies on the couch on his side, on his back, on his stomach, or stands upright. To diagnose a hiatal hernia, the patient lies down and raises the pelvis at an angle of about 40 °.
For the patient, digital x-ray with barium is not dangerous: the substance completely leaves the stomach after about 60-90 minutes. Sometimes, after diagnosis, constipation occurs, the color of the feces changes. As a rule, the process of bowel movements returns to normal on their own within a couple of days.
For reference: the contrast agent is barium sulfate diluted with drinking water. The substance tastes like a calcium (chalk) solution and is generally well accepted by patients. The study is not accompanied by discomfort, and the information obtained allows you to quickly identify serious problems that are difficult to visualize with other diagnostic methods.
Digital X-ray for a child
Pediatric digital x-rays can be performed even from birth if indicated. Using this method, you can examine and assess the state of the internal organs, the musculoskeletal system - in a word, almost all tissues of the body:
- X-ray examination of the brain will allow visualizing the presence and condition of metastases, the shape of the cranial bones, the quality of the vascular pattern, the condition of the paranasal sinuses and cranial sutures;
- when conducting a digital x-ray of the lungs, it is possible to identify tumor processes, pneumonia, bronchitis and fibrosis;
- X-ray of the abdominal zone helps to identify neoplasms, metastases, abscesses and foci of destruction in the tissues;
- the digital X-ray procedure of the spine is performed when injuries are received, as well as to exclude hernia, infection and cancer.
When diagnosing children, it is very important to ensure that the child is completely still for a few seconds or minutes. In many clinics for babies there is a special X-ray "cradle" in which the baby is fixed in the required position. In rare cases, if it is impossible to keep the baby, the use of short-term anesthesia is allowed.
It is strictly forbidden to use a digital X-ray for a child on his own: the study is performed only on the direction of a doctor. The doctor assesses the need for the method after an external examination, anamnesis and preliminary laboratory diagnostics.