Urgent Care for X-Rays
An X-ray machine uses electromagnetic radiation to take pictures of the bones and other internal structures. These X-ray images used to be recorded on film, but many are now recorded digitally. Bones block the X-ray particles emitted by the machine, so they appear white on the resulting images. Muscle and fat have a grayish hue on X-ray images, while any structure containing air will be black. Physicians Now offers X-ray services for adults and children.
There are many reasons a doctor might order a chest X-ray. If you have chest pain, trouble breathing, or a cough that will not go away, this type of X-ray can help determine if you have a problem with the lungs or other respiratory structures. Chest x-rays are also useful for diagnosing lung tumors, pneumonia, tuberculosis, collapsed lung, rib fractures, enlarged heart, and osteoporosis.
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If you are scheduled for surgery, you might have to have a preoperative chest X-ray to make sure you do not have any heart or lung conditions that would make surgery unsafe. This type of X-ray shows the shape and size of the heart, position of the large arteries, and condition of the lungs, so it is a useful tool for determining whether you are healthy enough to have surgery.
Abdominal X-ray is used to visualize the organs of the digestive tract. A doctor might order this test if you have persistent nausea, abdominal pain, or possible urinary tract problems. An abnormal abdominal X-ray might show a buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity, a hole in the intestines or stomach, intestinal blockage, foreign objects in the digestive tract, abdominal injury, or kidney stones. Some types of gallstones also show up on abdominal X-rays. This test can be used to diagnose or monitor the progression of several different medical conditions. They include the following:
- Acute kidney failure
- Kidney stones
- Biliary atresia
- Renal artery stenosis
- Toxic megacolon
- Necrotizing enterocolitis
X-Rays for Broken Bones
If you are injured in an auto accident, fall, workplace accident, or sporting event, an X-ray can help determine if you broke any bones. When reviewing an X-ray, a physician can tell whether a bone is broken and, if it is, how bad the break is. X-rays guide physicians in determining the best course of action for someone who has sustained a minor or serious injury.
X-Rays of the Pelvis
The pelvis contains several structures that can fracture or break down over time. An X-ray of the pelvis makes it possible to determine if you have any tumors, fractures, or degenerative conditions of the pelvis or hip joint. These X-rays are also useful in diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis or sacroiliitis.
If you need an X-ray, one of our physicians can order the appropriate test and interpret the results. Because X-ray machines use radiation to produce images, let the doctor know if you are pregnant before undergoing this type of test. Our providers may sometimes need to do an X-ray even if you are on birth control, because pregnancy does sometimes occur even in women on birth control or women that are in what they consider to be their normal period. The safety of the patient and unborn fetus is our utmost concerns here at Physicians Now, and we take appropriate measures to achieve this goal. After reviewing your X-ray images, the doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment for your injury or suggest additional tests to aid in a diagnosis.