X-rays offer invaluable information to ensure you get an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment. First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, has on-site X-ray facilities for patients’ convenience. The providers have expertise in performing and analyzing X-rays. Find out more by calling your nearest location or booking an appointment online.
X-ray technology is one of the most widely used forms of diagnostic imaging. X-rays allow your provider at First Care Bossier to see the structures underneath your skin and are especially useful for visualizing:
Your body absorbs X-rays in varying amounts depending on the density of the tissue. Bone and metal are the densest and show up white on your X-rays. Fat and muscle are less dense, so they take on various shades of gray, while air looks black.
Some types of X-rays use a contrast medium – a special liquid that you swallow or a dye that your provider injects into your blood. The substance shows up clearly on the X-rays and enhances the image’s detail.
X-rays are noninvasive, typically painless, and only take a few minutes in most cases.
X-rays are vital for speedily evaluating fractures and other injuries. They’re also used to review the injured bones and tissues after treatment to ensure they’re healing properly.
Your provider at First Care Bossier might recommend an X-ray after a physical examination to confirm a suspected diagnosis or rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
At certain times you might need to undergo a specialized form of X-ray, such as a mammogram, to check for signs of breast cancer. Techniques like fluoroscopy also use X-ray technology to provide guidance for procedures like epidural steroid injections.
Doctors have been using X-rays for decades without causing harm to their patients, so there’s no reason to worry about having an occasional X-ray. However, X-rays do use ionizing radiation, which is known to be harmful if you receive significant doses. Therefore, your provider recommends an X-ray only when it’s beneficial for your overall health.
The information X-rays provide almost always outweighs the slight risk of receiving a dose of radiation. Furthermore, modern digital X-rays only require minimal quantities of radiation to produce clear images. First Care Bossier never orders an X-ray unless it’s a clinical necessity, and all their technicians are expertly trained in performing X-rays safely.
There is a slight risk that the radiation could harm the fetus if you’re pregnant. For that reason, you should have a pregnancy test before your X-ray if there’s any chance you could be pregnant. If you are pregnant, diagnostic ultrasound is the safest option.
First Care Bossier has convenient X-ray facilities on-site. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.