Patients have been getting their X-ray reports without envelopes at the Civil Hospital for the past over one year. The demand for envelopes was submitted to the District Health Department authorities on a number of occasions; but nothing has been done in the matter till now. Radiology experts have said touching X-ray films with hands can disfigure the X-ray image and may result in wrong diagnosis.

Health Department authorities

They have added that without proper cover or wrapping of an X-ray film; it gets exposed to touching by hands thereby making the image hazy. As a result; therefore it becomes difficult for doctors to diagnose the actual cause of disease in a patient. A radiologist at the government hospital has said that a majority of patients are not aware that taking an envelope with X-ray report is must. The Health Department authorities continue to run the affairs without providing envelopes with X-ray reports.

A doctor at the hospital requesting anonymity said that the Health Department authorities were simply exploiting patients who can be spotted carrying X-ray reports in their hands or under their armpits in the hospital. Because Some of them even fold it and even try to look at it by touching it. Because The radiology unit at Civil Hospital on average conducts 150 x-ray tests on daily basis and all of these reports are give to patients without envelopes.

X-ray is a radiology

Dr Satish Goyal, Senior Medical Officer (SMO), said; “We have cut down on miscellaneous expenses as revenue resources are quite limit now.” On being asked about the possibility of wrong diagnosis; the Senior Medical Officer said, “Patients directly go to the doctor after collecting the X-ray reports so there are no chances of it getting disfigure. Therefore A chest X-ray is a radiology test that involves exposing the chest briefly to radiation to produce an image of the chest and the internal organs of the chest.

An X-ray film is position against the body opposite the camera; which sends out a very small dose of a radiation beam. As the radiation penetrates the body; it is absorb in varying amounts by different body tissues depending on the tissue’s composition of air, water, blood, bone, or muscle. Bones; for example, absorb much of the X-ray radiation while lung tissue (which is filled with mostly air) absorbs very little; allowing most of the X-ray beam to pass through the lung.

Image of body tissue

Due to the differences in their composition (and, therefore; varying degrees of penetration of the X-ray beam); the lungs, heart; aorta, and bones of the chest each can be distinctly visualized on the chest X-ray. Because The X-ray film records these differences to produce an image of body tissue structures and these are shadows see on the X-ray. The white shadows on chest X-ray represent more dense or solid tissues; such as bone or heart; and the darker shadows on the chest X-ray represent air filled tissues; such as lungs.