X-rays are the original diagnostic imaging technology and are still invaluable for diagnosing conditions like pneumonia and assessing fractures. Burbank Imaging and Open MRI in Burbank, California, has on-site X-ray facilities accessible to walk-in patients. To find out how to get high-quality X-rays fast, call Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc today or book an appointment online.
An X-ray or radiograph involves subjecting part of your body to a minimal amount of ionizing radiation. The radiation, an invisible energy force, passes through almost all materials apart from a few, like lead.
As the radiation enters your tissues, they absorb the energy at different rates. Bone, being dense, absorbs the most radiation, so bones show up white on the X-ray image. Soft tissues (fat, muscles, and organs) don’t absorb as much radiation as bone, so they appear as shades of gray. Any air in the body will be black on the X-ray.
X-rays have several uses. They provide invaluable information that helps your doctor diagnose numerous medical conditions, including:
X-rays are a fast and straightforward way of diagnosing bone diseases like osteoporosis and joint conditions like arthritis. Bone and joint injuries also show up clearly on X-rays, so your doctor can evaluate fractures and dislocations.
Doctors and surgeons use X-rays to guide them when they realign fractured bones. In addition, X-rays help your doctor assess how well a fracture or other injury heals and the effectiveness of any treatment you’re receiving.
Having an X-ray is a painless, straightforward procedure. The Burbank Imaging and Open MRI technician positions you so the part of your body that requires the X-ray is in between the imaging plates.
Your body needs to be in close contact with the plates for the best results. If only a small area needs X-raying, the technician can cover other parts of your body with a lead shield to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure.
The technician leaves the room to take the X-rays. They ask you to keep still and hold your breath for a clear image. X-ray procedures typically take about 10-15 minutes, depending on what needs X-raying.
After your X-ray is complete, you can leave and carry on as usual. You don’t need any anesthetic or sedation as the procedure is noninvasive and painless.
Your doctor will get your results within 24-48 hours.
To find out more about having X-rays and how to take advantage of Burbank Imaging and Open MRI ’s walk-in facility, call the office or book an appointment online today.