The X-Ray Process From Start to Finish at Walking Urgent Care, Inc.
X-rays are a method used by doctors and nurses to get imagery of your bodily structure, usually the bones. This method is almost always painless and quick for patients. This imagery method works by passing beams through your body, which are then absorbed. Depending on how dense the object the beam passed through is how each object will show up on the photo. For example, white is for the more dense objects such as your bones and any metal in your body. The gray parts make up your fat and muscle while your black parts represent the air in your lungs. Most x-rays do not require preparation; however, there are still some general tips that you can follow to make the process as quick and easy as possible. Preparation is usually more critical when you are getting your kidneys or GI tract looked at. Nonetheless, your Walking Urgent Care, Inc. doctor will advise you on what to do before your appointment and x-ray, but if you happen to need a reminder or want extra guidelines before the day comes, we have all the information you need.
When is an X-Ray Required?
X-rays are usually required when a doctor needs to get an image of your body. There are many different areas that x-rays are used for such as bones, teeth, chest, and abdomen. However, if you are going to Walking Urgent Care, Inc. then chances are you need an x-ray for one or more of the following areas:
. Abdomen and Chest
. Pelvis (your hips)
. Upper and Lower Back, this includes your spine and lumbar regions
. Lower Extremities, including legs, knees, ankles, and feet
What Should I Do to Prepare Myself?
There isn’t much that you need to do when preparing for an x-ray; however, it’s good to know some of the common suggestions we give patients. If you know that you have any allergies you should let your doctor know in advance. This is so we have the time to pre-medicate you to avoid an allergic reaction before the x-ray. You should also confirm that you are not pregnant. X-rays tend to have a very small risk of harming the baby, especially if they are not x-raying the abdominal area; nonetheless, it can cause some harm to the baby if you are consistently getting x-rays done in the abdominal region. This is due to the radiation that is absorbed into the body.
On X-Ray Day
You may be asked to change into a gown depending on any metal objects such as zippers, piercings, buttons, etc. If this is your first x-ray you have nothing to be worried about. Our health specialists will walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have before doing the x-ray. Once you have been given instructions on what to do and all of your questions have been answered, you can head to the x-ray room. This is the easy part; all you have to do is stay still and smile for the camera. Most x-ray procedures will take between 5-10 minutes, very rarely will you have to x-ray an area that takes hours. Usually, after the first try, the doctor will make sure the images are at the standard they need them to be, then they will send them off for them to be examined by a radiologist. At this point, you will either be able to wait and get the results the same day or you can go home and relax until you get a call back from your doctor.
The x-ray procedure is one that is not worth stressing about. We take care of everything from start to finish so you can relax. If you have been looking for a great place to get a fast and affordable x-ray Walking Urgent Care, Inc. is the place for you. Our team will get you in to see a doctor quickly so that you can start your treatment as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (954) 755-4880 to book your appointment for an x-ray, or come on in and visit us in Coral Springs.