Top 5 Broken Bones Being X-Rayed

Hey all you radiologists, X-ray techs, and medical facility workers, do you realize that you view 7,900,000 fractured bones each year? Of those bones (according to your office’s stats), would you agree with this Top 5 List?

1.    Clavicle
Many sources claim that the clavicle (or collarbone) is the MOST commonly broken bone in the human body.

3 Things Your Patients Should Know When Taking Their X-Rays

You learned these facts about x-rays in radiology school, but your patients probably never heard this fascinating information. What sparked your interest in pursuing a career in radiology may interest them as well! The next time you take a patient’s x-ray you can educate them on a topic you love, and one they probably already wonder about.

Beware of Scattered Radiation

Ratio, Lines Per Inch (LPI), and Focal Distance have a direct impact on image quality. When x-ray grids are improperly fitted or sized, there is an increase in scattered radiation. Using the wrong grid will result in poor image quality.

Scattered radiation is a problem across the industry.

Grids Specifications Matter

Grid specs are essential to overall image quality. The Ratio, Lines per Inch (LPI), and Focal Distance have a direct impact on image quality.

The point of the x-ray grid is to provide the best, most accurate, and affordable image possible. Image quality is of the utmost importance.

Grid Types

Grids are manufactured in either a parallel or a focused design.

Parallel grids: Made with the lead and interspace strips running parallel to one another, never intersecting. Parallel grids function best at long as opposed to short SID, parallel grids are less commonly used.

History of the X-ray Grid

By James McGill, eHow Contributing Writer

An X-ray grid is the part of an X-ray machine that filters out randomly deflected radiation that can obscure or blur an image produced by the machine. It was invented in 1913.


An X-ray grid is a filtering device that ensures the clarity of the image on X-ray film.

What is a Bucky?

A bucky is typically used for table or wall mounted x-ray systems and holds the x-ray cassette and grid. A bucky, is a device found underneath the exam table, a drawer like device that the cassette and grid is slid into before shooting x-ray.

The most common bucky size grids are 17 1/4 x 18 7/8, 17 1/4 x 17 3/4, and 18 x 18. Buckys are found in both medical and verterinarian offices.

What is a Grid?

X-ray filter grids improve the quality of a radiograph by trapping the vast majority of scattered radiation. This will provide a cleaner, clearer and more detailed image. Scattered radiation is the biggest contributing factor to poor diagnostic quality or a "bad" xray.

Cleaning Your Cassettes

Wash your hands or wear gloves when handling plates to avoid contamination and plate staining.
Never use hand lotions or sunblock cosmetics prior to handling plates.

Intensifying screens should be cleaned periodically according to the manufacturer's instructions.