X-Ray Services Questions and Answers
X-Rays are used to aid healthcare professionals in diagnosing and managing patients’ non-life threatening medical and traumatic needs. Priority Urgent Care offers X-Ray services near you. Call us today or book an appointment online. We have two convenient locations to service patients in Ellington CT, and Unionville CT.
An X-ray is a fast and painless procedure commonly used to produce images that show the inside of the body. It is an effective way of looking at bones and the technology is used to help detect and treat a wide range of conditions. X-rays are typically carried out in a hospital by trained radiographers, and they can also be done by healthcare professionals at urgent care clinics.
How does this technology work? X-rays use beams to pass through your body and they are absorbed in varying amounts, depending on the density of the material they pass through. Dense materials, like metal and bone, show up as white on X-rays, while air in your lungs will show up as black. Muscle and fat appear as shaded gray. In some instances, iodine or barium is used to provide greater detail on the images.
At Priority Urgent Care, we house our very own state-of-the-art Digital X-ray – technology that lowers the radiation requirement for X-rays, and the technology also makes it easier for us to transmit a copy to the radiologist and helps us live up to our value of being “Patient First.” The technology helps aid us in diagnosing and managing our patients’ non-life threatening medical and traumatic needs. What’s even better is that you no longer have to go to a different site to get an X-ray done when you are suffering from an illness or pain – it’s all done in one convenient location at Priority Urgent Care, with a quick turnaround time.
What are x-rays?
An X-ray is a common imaging test that has been used for years, and it can help your doctor view the inside of your body without making an incision, and it may help your doctor diagnose, monitor, and treat many medical conditions.
What is an X-ray used for?
X-rays are used for different purposes. Your doctor may order a mammogram to examine your breasts, or they may order an X-ray with a barium enema to see what’s going on with your gastrointestinal tract. Your doctor may have an X-ray done in order to check how well a prescribed treatment is working, or to monitor the progression of a diagnosed disease, like osteoporosis, or to examine an area where you are experiencing pain and discomfort.
When should you get an X-ray?
Your doctor may advise that you get an X-ray if they suspect there is a problem with your bones, or soft tissue, that being your organs. X-ray technology is commonly used to examine all sorts of parts of the body, like fractures and infections, bone cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, lung infections or conditions, breast cancer, enlarged heart, blood vessels, and digestive tract problems. The technology is pretty amazing too: if your child may have swallowed something like a coin or a key, an X-ray can show the exact location of that object.
What does an X-ray diagnose?
X-rays are used to examine the inside of your body and they are mainly used to get a close look at the joints and the bones and are also used to detect problems involving internal organs. Problems that may be detected during an X-ray include scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine); lung problems, like lung cancer and pneumonia; breast cancer; heart problems, such as heart failure; cancerous bone tumors and non-cancerous; swallowing problems (dysphagia); and bone breaks and fractures. X-rays are also a great tool to help guide surgeons and doctors during certain procedures. One example is during a coronary angioplasty – a procedure that widens narrowed arteries near the heart. X-rays can help guide a catheter, which is a long, thin, flexible tube, along one of your arteries.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort and require an X-ray, then we encourage you to contact us through our website. We house the latest Digital X-ray, which is safe and cutting-edge technology that will help diagnose and manage your condition.