Inside FedExField – The X-Ray Room

When the report came back on Stephon Heyer’s injury saying “X-rays negative, eligible to return,” someone somewhere — probably on TV, although maybe just some guy in a bar — said “Wouldn’t that mean the X-rays were positive?” (Tony Kornheiser is fond of this particular non-humorous joke, I believe.)

The X-ray techs at FedExField sighed when I asked them about it before today’s game. “It means negative for fracture, of course,” says Jeff Marakovitz. “Which, yes, is positive,” adds Mike Calhoun.

The two techs — “there’s another guy who rotates with us, but we’re two of the regular guys” — work the X-ray room just inside the tunnel at FedExField for the Redskins and the visitors, and they come to Redskins Park two days a week as well.

“We get results in five minutes,” says Marakovitz. “We have a three minute processor, so that’s how long it takes to develop the X-rays.”

Both technicians are aware that for a fan, an ideal game for the X-ray techs involves both guys sitting in the X-ray room watching the game with nothing to do. “We’ve seen a lot of fractures, I guess,” says Calhoun, but they have no particular stories to share. I tell them that I hope it stays that way today, and they nod. “So do we,” says Marakovitz.

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One Response

  1. X-ray film is in the negative form. If the film was in the positive form, it would be impossible to read the negative results, which would give you the opportunity to determine a positive answer concerning any injury.

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